A.W. Tozer once said the most important thing anyone could know about him was what he believed about God. That’s another way of saying that theology matters. What Tozer said about the importance of his view of God can be said about each one of us. What we believe about God is so crucial because everything else in our lives is built on that foundation. If the foundation is shaky, things will start to crumble.
As with most of our studies so far, this month, we can’t summarize everything the Bible teaches about God in a few lines. Isaiah 6 is a , His perfect holiness and overwhelming presence. Isaiah knew he was standing before an awe-inspiring God when he had his vision in the temple.
Missionaries and others who live among various cultures observe that people tend to create and then worship gods whom reflect their own peculiar tendencies. A tribe or village prone to violence invariably creates gods whom they believe delight in violence and blood.
This was true in the nations around Israel, as well. That’s one reason God commanded the Israelites to eradicate the Canaanites.
How different the true God is from one of these created beings. He is so unlike us, so exalted over His creation, that we can’t control Him or make Him simply a reflection of ourselves.
Isaiah was struck with awe, and even terror, when he saw a vision of God on His throne. The presence of the seraphim and their thunderous voices are a picture of indescribable majesty. The repetition of the word ‘holy’ speaks of God’s perfect holiness His complete purity and separation from anything evil.
saiah did the same thing we would have done. He cried out in distress, suddenly very aware of his sinfulness. But it was at this point that the character of this terrifying God shined through. Instead of erasing the prophet with a blast of holiness, God sent an angel to cleanse and forgive Isaiah.
We don’t have to ask Isaiah what he believed about God. The question was what Isaiah’s encounter with God did to him. We face the same question because, amazingly, this holy God has said, ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ 1 Peter: 1:16.
TODAY ALONG THE WAY – Isaiah 6 is not the kind of text we can just read and put down. It seems to demand some reflection. But too many of our schedules allow too little time for reflection and meditation on God and His Word. God Himself tells us, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ Psalm 46:10. Make sure this day includes some time alone with the Lord to thank Him for His holiness, and consider what it means to be holy the way He is holy.