Daily Devotionals

Campfire Stories: Week 5 - Tuesday

They were calling out to each other, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven's Armies! The whole earth is filled with His glory!" Isaiah 6:3

Have you ever worn a shirt that you thought was clean, only to notice when you walked outside in the sunlight that it had a stain? Unfortunately, this has happened to me on more than one occasion, much to my dismay. Bright daylight has a way of exposing stains and other imperfections that we would not notice otherwise. In the same way, Isaiah learned that God's holiness exposes our sin and imperfection.

In Isaiah 6, Isaiah sought the Lord during a time when he did not know what was in store for his people after the death of King Uzziah. During this time, he had a vision where he saw Jesus. This was an extraordinary vision because it took place years and years before Jesus came to earth. In this vision, he saw angels worshiping Jesus, declaring that He was holy, over and over. What was Isaiah's response? Struck by the holiness of the Lord, Isaiah fell to the ground, declaring that he was unclean. You see, the holiness of Jesus exposed Isaiah's sin and imperfection. Seeing just how holy Jesus was showed Isaiah just how unholy, unclean, and sinful he was. His sinfulness brought him to his knees.

Much like Isaiah, when we seek the Lord, our own sin and imperfection will be exposed. After all, He is sinless, perfect, and holy. The light of His holiness exposes our sin, which should bring us to our knees. This can be overwhelming, but exposing sin is the first step toward becoming more like Jesus. After all, just like I need to see a stain on my shirt so that I know I need to remove it, we have to see and understand our own sin in order to become more like Christ and get rid of sin in our lives. Whatever you are facing today, seek the Lord. When you seek Him, He may expose sin in your life. Acknowledging that sin is the first step in becoming more like Him.

Moving Toward Action

As you seek God today, what sin has He exposed in your life? You may be tempted to hide that sin, but, instead of hiding that sin, let it remain exposed. Acknowledge your sin. This is the first step in gaining power over that sin. Find someone today who you trust. Tell them about the sin you are struggling with. As you acknowledge that sin, it will lose its power, and you will become more like Christ.

Going Deeper

Read Isaiah 6:1-8 (NLT)

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They were calling out to each other,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!
    The whole earth is filled with his glory!”

Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.

Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”

Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”

I said, “Here I am. Send me.”