This summer, our message series is called Basic. It’s a study of some Basic truths about God and Christianity that can sometimes get lost on us because of various reasons. Maybe we’ve tried to complicate things too much and just need to get “back to basics”?
Really, it Basically comes down to communion. How we commune with God, how we commune with Jesus, how we commune with the Holy Spirit, and how we commune with one another. When it comes to getting Basic on how we approach God, have we ever asked the question, “Is God pleased with how we approach Him?” I believe asking this question can really help us to cut through a lot of the intricacies we’ve created and get to the Basic understanding of where we need to be when we are in God’s presence.
Isaiah gives us a glimpse of what it means to approach God in a way that pleases God and I think it’s pretty Basic. See what you think.
“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of His robe filled the temple.” (v.1)
“And I (Isaiah) said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’” (v.5)
Isaiah’s approach to God when he really encountered God was one of fear. “Woe is me!” is him expressing his fear. Isaiah is essentially saying, “this does not work out well for me”.
And he was right, he had no right to approach God, yet when he approaches God anyway and indicates this position, God in His grace comes back with this:
“Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” (v.6-7)
Isaiah came away knowing that fear was the right approach but when he came to God this way, God came back with “fear not, I can handle this”. What an awesome God we serve!
How will you approach God today?