Scripture Reading: Isaiah 6:1-15
Welcome to today’s devotional. Many Christians are longing to experience God. Like Moses of old, we pray, “Show me your glory.” – (Exodus 33:8) When we express our hunger for the experience of God, we expect a glowing vision in the sky, a powerful flash of heavenly glory, a thrilling touch of divine exaltation, an overpowering sense of spiritual fulfillment. Our scripture reference designates a fundamental dimension to this experience of God. With this fundamental dimension, the experience of God may not always result to an immediate experience of euphoria and ecstasy but always involve an experience of self-abasement and awfulness. As such the more we have a true experience of God, the more we realize our self-worthlessness, because before the immaculate purity and holiness of God, our imperfections are laid bare.
The light of God’s presence exposes the filthy garment of Joshua the high priest (Zechariah 3:1-5). In an experience of divine encounter, Jacob confesses in terms of his name the shame of his character- cheat and swindler (Genesis 32). In the presence of divine fire, Moses hid his face for he was afraid to look upon God, (Exodus 3:2-6). Elijah the great prophet hid his face in his mantle at the hearing of the still voice of God in the gentle wind, (Iking 19:11-13). Isaiah the man of God in an experience of the divine glory lamented his sinfulness; “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips” (Isa. 6:5). Ezekiel the fearless and faithful Seer could not withstand the awesome light of the throne of divine glory, (Ezekiel 1:26-28). Daniel the man of wisdom and integrity lost his strength at the presence of a heavenly Being, (Daniel 10:7-9). Peter after an encounter with Jesus cried, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man”, (Luke 5:8).
Paul was brought down to the earth and became blind after his experience with Jesus at the road to Damascus, (Acts 9:3-5). An important lesson from these humbling experiences of God, by the above biblical heroes is that God does not entrust a man with serious mission until there is a total breakdown of the self, for the terrain of the self needs to be brought down for the Kingdom of God to be upheld. It is only this humbling experience of God that can dispose us to always know that we must decrease for Him (Jesus) to increase. It is our humble disposition that attracts the heavenly glory into our lives here on earth.
- Thank God for this reflection.
- Take the Prayer of Spiritual Renewal
- Tell God to cleanse you from your sins
- Take this song: Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mould me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
- Tell God to grant you a humbling experience of His presence.
- Tell Him to use you unto his glory.
- Pray for all Daily Strength Users that they may experience God in a special way.
- Pray meditatively the prayer of St. Pio, “Stay with me, Lord”
Exercise: Never boast of anything in life except Christ.
Memory Verse: Luke 5:8