Before a sinful man can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him; imperfect it may be, but a true work nonetheless, and the secret cause of all desiring and seeking and praying which may follow. We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit.
-A.W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God
We find Isaiah at a critical crossroads. He was facing a death of leadership, and the future was uncertain. We can liken Isaiah’s critical crossroads, to the strategic point the Church is at today. The question that we are all faced with: Will we continue the journey in man’s efforts with a non-offensive, social gospel, or will we take up the journey of the uncompromising and loving Word of God. When we allow unrighteousness to die, we can truly see the Lord in all His splendor.
The message of “comfort in this life,” during a time of upheaval in America and the blood of our neighbors and relatives on the streets, will not endure. Even a message that addresses only racial divide will not heal our land. We must see the Lord sitting on His throne. We must experience the tangible presence of an Almighty God. The message of the Gospel descriptively addresses the root of all racial divide, the origins of the violence of man, the selfishness and depravity of the human race. The Gospel addresses the wars and rumors of wars to come. The Word of God depicts the diseases and pestilence we are facing in our generation. The solution is not better politics. The solution is not a watered down poem from the pulpit. The solution is a transformed heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
Individually, we must return to the fear of God by seeing Him where He is seated—as Isaiah saw Him—in the midst of a perverse generation—on His throne. Then we begin to recognize the depravity of man truly begins within ourselves. Each of us are undone and are in need of God, and we fully recognize our need when we come face to face with Him in His majesty.