Recent events in the world, as well as events in my own personal life have really got me thinking about the need for revival and another "Great Awakening". What bothers me the most is my own complacency and apathy, at times. It is too easy to get caught up in the everyday business and lose sight of what matters most. I feel like the Church at Corinth, I'm too carnally minded. Spiritual matters need to have a more preeminent place in my daily walk. I identify with Isaiah when he says, "I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged." (Isaiah 6:1-7 KJV) Sometimes I tend to focus more on the people I dwell among who have unclean lips, unclean conduct, attitudes, etc. Isaiah saw himself first, in the presence of the Lord, he realized he was unfit to be in His presence, then he acknowledges that the problem goes beyond his own unclean ways. The whole nation was in a place of complacency, apathy and willful sin against God.
This is where we are, today, in the United States. We have come to a place of prosperity that no longer moves us to be thankful to God, but we come before Him in our sinfulness with demands for His blessings, as if he is the one who moved. The more we move away from God and His Truth, the more violence and trouble we will see in this nation. It is not God's fault and He certainly does not take pleasure in it. Psalm 91 says, " Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler." But, If we willfully run from under His mighty wings to pursue the pleasures and acceptance of this world, we run from His protection and blessing. His mercy and grace are so amazing and patient, as He longingly waits for us to come back to Him. What an awesome, loving God!
I want to be like Isaiah, today. I want the Lord to touch my life in such a powerful way that I clearly hear His voice and answer the call as He says, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" I stand with Isaiah, today, and say, "Here am I, Lord, send me!"