Then I said: Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Armies.
Only Human Nature
Our two-year-old, Levy Mae, was never taught to lie to us when asked if she has a soiled diaper. She wasn’t taught that everything is, in her words, “Mine.” Just like our Levy Mae, you also inherited a sin nature.
Recently, Levy was caught playing with my phone. She knows phones are off-limits, so when I came down the stairs and made eye contact with her, she was terrified. She knew she was in trouble. It was my presence that made her feel the weight of her disobedience. In a similar way (granted, only slightly similar), we feel the full weight of our sin in the presence of God.
That We Would Fully Understand
Isaiah encountered the supernatural presence of God Almighty, and the only thing he could mutter was, “Woe is me, for I am ruined.” He assumed ruination because of his uncleanliness while in the presence of God’s holiness. Isaiah needed to be in God’s presence to fully understand the full weight of his sin nature.
However, God needed to deal with Isaiah’s sin nature. By grace, God made Isaiah clean. As Isaiah understood, there was nothing in his nature or power that could atone for his natural state. It’s by no coincidence that this story sounds familiar. It foreshadows the gospel.
Because of His Grace
This means we need to recognize the presence of the Lord and meditate deeply on His holiness and glory. Isaiah 6 can help us get there by confessing our sins and repenting DAILY. Although we are accountable for our actions, we must show ourselves grace by acknowledging our sin nature.
You are not your sin. Your true identity is a child of God. He created you in His own image, which He declared to be very good! But we cannot understand how good God is unless we understand our need for Him to overcome our sin nature. Understanding comes by reading the Word and recognizing God’s presence through it.
Only Because of Jesus
We pray the day will come when Levy will encounter God’s presence and recognize her sin nature. As parents, we show Levy grace and mercy, but we cannot “fix” her sin nature. Only the gospel does this. It brings us great joy and hope that Jesus sees her as His child created very good in His image.
Jesus sees you this way too!
Take a moment to reflect on the truth that are not your sin. Enter into His holy presence until this truth settles in. Consider those in your life who may also need to hear these words. Pray that He will grant opportunities for gospel conversations to take root.