In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and the hem of his robe filled the temple.
In Our Darkest Seasons
Has there been a specific season in your life when you experienced significant hardship? Maybe it was 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maybe it has been 2021 as the world has begun shifting back towards a new type of normalcy. But surely you have endured a certain season that has been marked by tragedy, uncertainty, and loss. So, what do you do when life’s toughest moments leave you asking the question, “What now, Lord?”
In Our Doubt and Questioning
For Isaiah and the people of God, one of the greatest periods of uncertainty occurred when they lost their great king Uzziah. He was a leader who had taken care of them and shielded them in the midst of so many difficulties. I can imagine them crying out to the Lord with unforeseen grief and questioning, “Well, now what? Who will lead us? How are we going to make it?” We, too, know how hard it is to see a good thing end.
But the Lord, in His infinite wisdom and divine mercy, crafted a perfect response to their anxious wondering and endless doubt—Himself.
Instead of Our Downward Gaze
God could have granted a vision of anything or of anyone. Instead, He shifted Isaiah’s sight away from worry and towards something infinitely greater. The vision was not of a human king who could sign legislation in their favor or provide temporary relief to resolve their problems. Rather, Isaiah perceived the almighty king of the universe seated upon His heavenly throne: immovable, unshaken, and undeterred by all the issues and disasters at hand.
Instead of seeing their dilemmas magnified, Isaiah beheld God’s glory. Instead of envisioning the immensity of their losses, he observed God’s majesty. The response to His people’s uncertainty and devastation wasn’t that of an earthly fix, but of an eternal fixture—God Himself seated sovereignly on the heavenly throne.
Take a moment to look up to Christ in the midst of your hardship and uncertainty. Remember that He is your creator and the ultimate sustainer. Pray that He will give you exactly what you need—Himself.