Friday, February 27th, 2009
In Isaiah 6, Isaiah saw an epic vision of God. His response? “Woe is me, for I am ruined! I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King” (Isaiah 6:5)
He saw God’s greatness and was gloriously ruined. Upon beholding God his first awareness was his uncleanness. He was impure. He spoke of his lips. So can we. In terms of porn, one could declare “I am a man of unclean eyes, and I live among a people of unclean eyes.” But that which moves us to such confession and repentance is having a grand vision of God.
In the fleeing and fighting of sexual temptation, we must pray for eyes to see the King, and a brokenness and reverence before Him. Pastor and Author, Gordon MacDonald, publicly admitted to adultery in 1987. I recently read a quote by him that is fitting. He said, “The most costly sins I have committed came at a time when I briefly suspended my reverence for God. In such a moment I quietly (and insanely) concluded that God didn’t care and most likely wouldn’t intervene were I to risk the violation of one of His commandments.”
Grab a Bible, or click here, and read Isaiah 6:1-8. Meditate on the sights and sounds of Isaiah’s encounter. Why did God put Isaiah 6 in your life today? Do you respect and revere Him? Why or why not? What must you do, or better yet what must God do in you? How does having a grand vision of God and reverence for Him empower you to conquer sexual sin?
By the way, note Isaiah 6:6-8 especially. He’s a great God of grace in the Old Testament too.