Tuesday August 23, 2011
Have you ever taken the time to stop and analyze what it feels like when we experience true forgiveness. There is a similar feeling when we come forth with the truth of what we did wrong and spill the beans. There is a weight that we have been carrying that has been lifted off our shoulders. There is a cleansing feeling. A light feeling. A relief feeling. Do you sense that feeling? If you have been reading this six part jlog, you get the sense that Isaiah was feeling that same feeling when the Lord said that his sins were forgiven. Our dealing with our sin and asking for forgiveness for our sins brings about a cleansing from within, and it opens the door to hearing what comes next in this whole process of seeing the Lord.
The word “then” again pushes forward as Isaiah is giving us a chronological roadmap to seeing the Lord. He says, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8 NIV). All of would like to hear from the Lord as to what His plans are for us. Most of us want a purpose and meaning in life. We only hear His voice when we have dealt with the sin in our lives and are a pure vessel for God to use. It’s only when we ask for cleansing from our sins that He begins to speak to us and give direction as to what He wants us to do. When we hear His voice as Isaiah did, He doesn’t demand us to do anything. He asks us if we are willing to go and do for Him. He first wants to know if we are willing to go and do for Him before He spells out what He wants us to do. He is asking for our availability and not our skill level or our knowledge or our capability. He is looking for our heart attitude to go and do whatever He wants us to do.
On this journey we all want to hear the voice of the Lord as to what He wants us to be and to do, but we need to be clean so that His voice can be heard.