High, Lifted Up, and Too Large to Fit
by Cynthia Bowen
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Isaiah 6:1 IN THE year that King Uzziah died, [in a vision] I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the skirts of His train filled the [most holy part of the] temple.
King Uzziah's reign was very prosperous for Israel. He was enthroned at age 16 and reigned for 52 years, a lengthy stay in government compared to his contemporaries. Because he sought God, God helped him against his enemies and made him famous. When he died, the people had to wonder if his co-regent son, Jotham, would be as wise as his father. They knew that Uzziah's death would draw the attention of the surrounding enemies, and they could not be sure Jotham would prove the military leader that Uzziah had been. Would their economic and political future remain bright? Change loomed on the horizon, and no one was sure it was a positive prospect.
It was in this climate that Isaiah's eyes were opened to see God. He did not find Him pacing back and forth on the sea of glass that formed the courtroom of Heaven. He was not worried about what the future held. The Lord was sitting on His throne, just as He had been all along. Israel's future did not really rest in the hands of a young king with little experience, because the true King had not abdicated His throne. The even better news was that God on His throne was high and lifted up. God had a vantage viewpoint on the situation. As He sat above the unrest that Isaiah and Israel were feeling, the Lord could see what was coming and had already determined a plan, and provided for the salvation of not only Israel but all of humanity. Everything was under control, because God was aware and alert.
What I really like about this account is what Isaiah reveals next, though. The skirts of His train filled the temple. The temple was where people went to find God. It was beautiful and ornate, but man-made. God stretched out the heavens, spun planets into orbit, measured the seas in the hollow of His hands, and made mighty mountains to tower over the land. How could the omnipotent God Who created the universe ever be confined to a mere building? Just the skirts of His garment filled the space He had been allotted. The Lord simply did not fit in the place man expected to find Him.
America stands, as did Israel, on the brink of an uncertain future. We have political leaders promising change and shifting public policies from standards of righteousness to convenience. The economy is unstable and threatens to topple on what seems like a regular basis. Marriages are falling apart at unprecedented rates, and the family unit is under fire in the media. The future seems uncertain and a bit scary. All this sounds like we are living in the "year that King Uzziah died."
In the time in which we live, we just need to see God like He really is, large, high and lifted up, sitting upon His throne. The Lord is not worried about political parties in power or health care plans. He is not upset over public opinion or the media. In the untold centuries He has sat on His throne, God has seen everything man can think, imagine, or accomplish. Our loving Father has seen what our future holds and has already made plans and provisions for what is coming. You see, He doesn't really fit in our church houses. He is so big that He fills every part of our lives and sees every corner of our society. It is this revelation of God that will give the body of Christ the strength to stand confident and positive in the face of circumstances that cripple the average person. It is when we see God, the high and lifted One, the King on the throne, the Creator Who is just to big to be confined, that we become shining lights and beacons to those around us.
Father, open our eyes to see You in all Your glorious magnitude. Help us to focus on You alone and stand confident in these changing times. Let us be your representatives to the fearful crowds around us and extend the same invitation that we have received, "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
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