January 6, 2016

Isaiah 6:1-8

Isaiah was granted a vision of the Most High God, and because he took the time to record what he witnessed, we too are allowed to view the grandeur, greatness and power associated with being in the presence of the Almighty Creator of the Universe.

It is a spectacle like none other with a cacophony of shouted praises, the foundation of the temple shaking and filling with smoke, and six-winged angels swirling about overhead.

“I am a man of unclean lips!” declares the prophet, professing his sinfulness. It bubbles up from Isaiah’s inner self and spews from his mouth, an instinctive response. It comes from being in the presence of the pure and holy. It serves as an encouragement to us to confess our sin.

Isaiah’s experience in having his guilt removed is also encouraging. His lips are touched by a red-hot coal, a picture of the role our lips play—for we confess our sin with “burning” lips, tearful and broken in spirit, repenting with sadness and shame. Isaiah is purified by the experience, and so are we. For with those same lips, we invite the Son of God into our lives to reign as Savior and Lord.

At once, our lips serve us in a new way. They shift from confession and repentance to praise and a joyful shout of commitment. We wish to serve the Lord however he chooses. “Whom shall I send?” the Holy One asks.

And with our lips, we proclaim: “Here am I. Send me!”