What comes to mind when you think of God? Is it the sky? A bright shining light? A man sitting on a throne? Lightning bolts?
It’s a hard thing to imagine really. Regardless of what our opinion is, we need to remember we are all human and can only imagine so much. We can dream up different images and make up a “god” of our choosing, based on our preferences. Luckily, there are answers to this question in the Bible.
The book of Isaiah gives us an amazing description of God that we often overlook.
“I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.” – Isaiah 6:1-4
Either the Bible is 100% true, or it’s not. If it is (which I believe it is 100% accurate and God’s perfect Word – 2 Timothy 3:16-17), then we have something major to discuss here. God is seated on the throne, His entire robe fills the temple, and even the Angels had to cover their faces and feet because they felt unworthy. The temple literally shook and was filled with smoke from them proclaiming just how holy and glorious God is. Wow!
Seriously, what would you do? If you were Isaiah in this moment, what kind of reaction would you have if you were literally witnessing this?
Let’s go back and think of the original question, what comes to mind when you think of God? I bet your answer might be different now. I bet if we were to literally think of God in this way, our lives would be different. We get distracted way too often with the things of this world and with the lack of studying Scripture, that this image of God quickly leaves our brains as soon as we finish reading an area of the Bible like this. I am guilty of this more than anyone I know.
We need to be on guard for these distractions as followers of Christ. Many things fight for our attention like how much money we make, what kind of car we drive, what kind of house we have, if we have found our perfect partner, or how we look in the mirror. When those become our priority, we are saying those things are more important than the God who Angels are worshipping at this very moment.
So what did Isaiah say when he was there and saw this?
“Woe to me! I cried. I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty. Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” – Isaiah 6:5-6
How could anyone not just drop to their knees and cry out to God? I don’t know about you, but I feel like I might be scared to death by this scene. He screamed I am ruined! In essence, he is saying he is worth nothing compared to the King. Jesus is King. What happens next? Immediately an Angel comes over and touches his lips with a coal in his hand, stating that his guilt is taken away and his sin is atoned for. This is amazing! He is no longer guilty and he is forgiven, forever.
The Bible teaches that we will all stand before God at the end. We will be judged. I can guarantee at that moment, we all will see just how holy, great, and glorious God is. We will immediately be “ruined” knowing that there was never anything we could do for our salvation. The beautiful thing about this is that we have Jesus. Jesus is our “coal” you could say from this passage. Jesus is the reason that when God looks at us, He won’t see our sinful self, but rather He sees His child because of what Jesus did for us on the Cross.
Our sins are atoned for and guilt has been removed because of Christ. For us followers reading this, be encouraged today that there is still nothing you can do to make yourself right before God. Regardless of when you became a believer, you are in need just as much for Jesus as everyone else. Be encouraged that literally, the God who is worshipped by Angels constantly, is the same God you can pray to every day. The same God who dwells within you by His Holy Spirit. The same God who will never leave you or forsake you. The same God who is more important than anyone or anything else in your entire life. He loves you.
For unbelievers, I encourage you to read the Bible for yourselves. See what it has to say. Talk to someone from a local Bible believing and teaching Church. Understand that while judgment may sound scary and real, God loves you and has sent His Son for you (John 3:16). I think it is more scary to think of the fact if God is real and we aren’t believing in Him through Christ, what are we missing out on? Not only eternity (which is obviously a huge deal), but even your day to day life right here, right now. It’s worth exploring, I promise.
We all need to remember who God is, what God is, and what means most to God, His Glory. Everything is for God, everything you do is for God, and every single breath you get to take is not because you’re a healthy person or because you work out. It actually has nothing to do with you. It has everything to do with the fact that God is allowing you to take another breath right now. Let’s praise Him for who He really is and how the Bible describes Him.
Let’s proclaim along with the Angels in heaven saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty. The whole earth is full of your Glory.”