“In the year that king Uzziah died I SAW ALSO THE LORD SITTING UPON A throne, high and lifted up … Then said I (Isaiah), Woe is ME! for I AM UNDONE; because I AM A MAN OF UNCLEAN LIPS, and I DWELL in the midst of a people of unclean lips: FOR MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE KING, THE LORD OF HOSTS” (Isaiah 6:1, 5).
There’s just something about getting a small glimpse of our Lord Jesus Christ high and lifted up, exalted above everyone and everything [Colossians 1:16-18]!!!
Once the prophet Isaiah (more than likely a better man than you and me) saw HIMSELF and those he was closest to in light of the greatness, majesty, and holiness of God, HE was humbled and confessed his own unworthiness, as well as the unworthiness of those he knew, and then, and only then, was he ready to surrender his all to his God! [See Isaiah 6:1-8]
It is interesting to note that in the previous chapter [Isaiah 5], Isaiah pronounced six “woes” upon others. Yet, once Isaiah sees the Lord, for who he is, Isaiah pronounces only one “woe,” and that’s upon himself!
If we are honest with ourselves and with God, we would have to sadly admit that this is a far cry from what we often experience in our own personal lives on a day-to-day basis. We tend to compare ourselves to others, or our group with other groups, and interestingly enough, we almost always come up on the better end. Yet, Paul, who was definitely a bit closer to Jesus than you and me, considered himself the “chief “ of sinners (see 1 Timothy 1:15).
One sure sign that we probably haven’t got a good glimpse of Jesus, or a fresh revelation of him, exalted in all of his majesty, sitting upon his throne, is that we see the unworthiness of others, in comparison to ourselves, and our standards of righteousness, which are a far cry from his standards of righteousness!!!
Pride, self-righteousness, and the spirit of the Pharisee is almost always the result of our not beholding his “majesty” and “beauty” (Psalm 27:4). As one author noted, “Truth be told, we all have a hidden Pharisee lurking inside us.”
Not me Lord! 🙂
There’s always a tendency to focus upon the wrong thing, or the wrong person, and when we do, pride, God-dishonoring pride, is almost always the result.
If our focus is upon Jesus, THERE ABSOLUTELY, NO ROOM FOR PRIDE!
“Looking unto Jesus the Author and the Finisher of our faith …” (Hebrews 12:2)