Transition – Part 5
“‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’” (Isaiah 6:7 NIV)
At a time of transition in the nation and in his own personal life, the prophet Isaiah “saw the Lord high and exalted”; and this new encounter with God caused him to immediately cry out, “Woe is me! I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips.” God was going to fulfill his calling on Isaiah’s life; but before that could happen, Isaiah had to be broken and shown his own unworthiness in the light of God’s holiness. The purpose of this breaking was that Isaiah might effectively minister God’s Word to other sinful people, for they were “a people of unclean lips,” just as he was.
Every time there’s a breaking of this sort in a person, however, there’s a sense of cleansing from sin has that must follow. In the case of Isaiah, a live coal from the altar touched his lips, and this no doubt points to the altar of sacrifice where the blood of animals had to be shed continually for the sins of the people. But when Jesus came as the perfect sacrifice for sin, he paid the price for our sins once and for all. So, for us in the day in which we live, we’ve got to know that the blood of Jesus has cleansed us. We can’t go out and minister to people when we’re not sure of our own spiritual condition. We’ve got to know that God loves us, and that Jesus has washed away our sins.
If brokenness leads to condemnation, we can’t help anybody. The enemy of our souls tries to use our brokenness so we go on the rest of our lives looking within and saying, “Woe is me!” We can’t live that way and be a blessing to people, because we can’t be used by God while living in guilt. Get done with the thing! Say, “God, I am a mess. Woe is me! But, thank God that through the blood of Jesus Christ I have been washed clean!” Even if we’ve failed God after we became Christians, the Bible gives us this hope: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Thank God, we’re forgiven; we're cleansed; we’re free!
Notice the word that came to Isaiah: “Your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Thank God, that is the hope for you and me today.
Read Isaiah 6:6-7.