“People crave a human worth worshipping. We are wise not to deliver,”
Beth Moore page 14 Breaking Free.
Isaiah looked up to a somewhat Godly king. As a young man, Isaiah would watch him from afar gain fame as well as practice traditions required by the law. Although he didn’t tear down the high places of idol worship, he walked faithfully for a time and set an example for a young and impressionable man.
But like all men, the King Uzziah fell short and died a miserable death. He sought the place of a priest, one of which he had no training and possibly little understanding. This led to a tumble towards misery and the death of a leper. Upon his deathbed, they wrote “He had leprosy.” 2 Chronicles 26:23 What a legacy.
No doubt Isaiah was saddened by his hero’s death The man he had idolized broke the law and no longer could be held in esteem. Although we read about the kings in the historical books, the timing here may in deed be for Isaiah’s ministry and not the importance of a kingly legacy.
Sometimes the Lord removes things from us so that we can see Him.
He in deed did this for our Prophet. Isaiah looked up to this somewhat godly man, instead of the one true God. It took the king’s removal for Isaiah to really see the Lord.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1 NIV
Isaiah came humbly before the Lord and admitted his sin. He was cleansed and became free. He saw the truth, and the truth sets you free, John 8:32.
There was no longer a hero-man, but a true God in Isaiah’s life. His life became dedicated to ministering through the Word of God. He trusted the Lord with his life and no longer looked to a man for validation or for direction in how to live life.Sometimes the Lord removes things from us so that we can see Him. Click To Tweet
This history lesson leads us to reflect upon what we look to as idols. Who do we model life after? Do we look to famed leaders, or grand musicians for motivation? Do we like and follow politicians or teachers for life validation? Have we compared neighborhoods and belongings to our favorite actors in order to see how we fit in? I reckon we have done these things because we are modern humans. We live a life of extreme opportunity and when we come up short of our favorite celebrity, we begrudgingly turn towards some sort of self-comfort device instead of the one true God who will be the only sustaining life-giver.
When we break away from cultural expectations and standards and turn to the one who provides the thirst quenching water, we can be cleansed of irrational standards. We will be filled with freedom.
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