When do you see the Lord? We see the Lord when we look up. Not that god is bound to a time or space location, as we think of it, but we see him when we look “up”.
Looking up happens intentionally or experientially. Either we make it our plan to look or circumstances force us to look up. Isaiah saw the Lord because his hero died in Isaiah 6:1. “in the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and lifted up …”
Uzziah was the King. He was a good king, a godly king. Additionally he was related to Isaiah, perhaps as an uncle or cousin. So, he was a big hero to Isaiah. On top of that, he had a personal failure. He had become impatient with God and had offered incense in the Temple, a task for the priests, and God had stricken him with leprosy. So, he had been “dead” to the world for some time. Now, he died for real. The result of his sin was his physical death. Isaiah’s hero had failed him and now he was gone and Isaiah “saw the Lord”
Oswald Chambers says “” our soul’s history is frequently the history of the ‘passing of the hero’ … God has to remove our friends in order to bring himself in their place.”
So when the “hero” is gone, we either look down, look around, look back, or we LOOK UP.
Isaiah looked up and saw the Lord. We must decide to look to God and see his glory. Sometimes we are flat on our back from a fall, sickness, or humility and it is the only way we see him.
We also have to ask God to open our eyes to see him right in front of us. Jesus said in John 6, “my Father is always a work around us.” Most times, we just don’t notice.
Jacob had a dream and saw God’s angels doing his work. he woke up and said “surely the Lord is here, it is awesome in this place, and I didn’t even know”
Elisha’s servant was afraid but God opened his eyes and he could see angels surrounding their enemies. They were afraid, but the hills were full of horses and chariots of fire to protect them. (2 Kings 6:17) Lord open my eyes that I can see you at work, exalted, high and lifted up, powerful, holy, and awesome. Then i will see myself, receive his cleansing, hear his heart, ask to join him, and go for him.
Remember 1 Corinthians 2:14 says that the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit for they are foolishness to him, he cannot know cannot know them because they are spiritually discerned.
I have to have my spiritual eyes opened. My heart must be tuned like a Radio into God’s Spirit. Oswald Chambers again says “it must be God first, God second, and God third, until life is faced steadily with God and no one else is of any account whatsoever.”
Lord let all my heroes fall save you.