“I Can Only Imagine”
By Zach Wood
Isaiah 6:1-5 NIV
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
A couple of weeks ago our pastor mentioned this passage in his sermon and as he talked about Isaiah’s experience, it got me thinking about how I would react and how I would feel if I were in his shoes. What would I saw and how would I handle this kind of encounter?
I think about all the times when I come before God in my quiet times and how I address Him and what all I say as I pray. Do I make my prayer times all about what I want and what I think I need or am I totally focused on the greatness of God and realize what I am without Him?
Isaiah came before God and he was brought to his knees and realized how very unclean he was. Does that happen to us when we come before God? Are we so focused on Him that we realize more and more how unworthy we are without Him in our lives? Do we see the filth that is in our lives and that we desperately daily need His blood to wash us clean?
Do we come before Him so flippantly and not even consider all His greatness? Do we just throw our requests at Him and expect Him to move mountains in our time and in our way of thinking? If we’re honest, we really do.
Remember “I Can Only Imagine”? MercyMe became a very popular group, both in Christian music and in mainstream music, with this song. It really made people, and still does, stop and think about what they would do if they were face to face with God. What would we do? How would we react? What would we say? Would we stand? Would we fall to our knees? Could we speak at all?
I hope that this week and beyond we will all consider the greatness of coming before our God Who is so Almighty and being in total awe of Who He is. I pray also that His greatness would cause us to see how unclean we are and how desperately we truly need Him, every moment of every day.