Before we finished up yesterday morning, Father, my mind was surging forward. I continued mulling over these thoughts throughout the day and even last night I was still thinking along the same lines.
What we need, Lord, is a Great Awakening to who You are! Those who call themselves Christians need to wake from their slumber. We need to quit playing games. We need to quit jockeying position for power. We need to quit thinking that an hour once a week in church cuts it – it doesn’t! It’s not a game, or a contest or something to pass the time that eases our consciences a smidge.
What we do with You truly has eternal ramifications! The world around us is literally going to Hell and many of us are not moved to do one thing about it! We sit on our rear-ends, complaining and taking sides – sides that really don’t matter – while the lemmings plummet to their eternal deaths. And it doesn’t even bother us! In fact, many actually are glad it’s happening, exclaiming, “They are getting what they deserve!” Disgusting! It’s reprehensible!
Only because of Your grace do we not get what we truly deserve. We all deserve eternal death but You gave up Your life to save us. You paid the penalty for our sin. And we have the audacity to plop ourselves in the judgment seat and pass on condemnation! Ridiculous!
Whatever it takes, Lord, bring us to our knees! What we all need is a face-to-face confrontation with You. That would do it!
Isaiah’s example is for us all…
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw [in a vision] the Lord sitting on a throne, high and exalted, with the train of His royal robe filling the [most holy part of the] temple. 2Above Him seraphim (heavenly beings) stood; each one had six wings: with two wings he covered his face, with two wings he covered his feet, and with two wings he flew. 3And one called out to another, saying,
“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is filled with His glory.”
4And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, and the temple was filling with smoke. 5Then I said,
“Woe is me! For I am ruined,
Because I am a man of [ceremonially] unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
6Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7He touched my mouth with it and said, “Listen carefully, this has touched your lips; your wickedness [your sin, your injustice, your wrongdoing] is taken away and your sin atoned for and forgiven.”
8Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:1-8
Lord, help me! May I see myself for who I really am – wake me up! Wake me up to see You for who You are. May I be about Your work – time is short!
July 10th, Sun, 6:39 am