Isaiah 6:1-9 “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, 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. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people,”
I have no idea if you are grieved as I am at the apparent weakness of Christianity and its impact upon the world. Maybe what I mean is I’m grieved at the apparent weakness of my impact for the cause of Christ! While reading the account of Isaiah’s encounter with God in Roy Laurin’s book, “Meet Yourself In The Bible”, I was made aware of order. God has a divine order in which He works and if I am expected to make a positive impact as did Isaiah, I must follow God’s order. I want to set forth the order in which God works, and then set forth its example in Isaiah’s experience.
The first thing that I want to call to your attention is; God is always the first to act! Please get this divine truth; in the divine order, it is man’s response to God and not God’s response to man! If there is no activity on God’s part, there need be none taken on man’s part. Please note the order of activity between God and Isaiah; Isaiah never said anything until after he saw or heard something of God; “Then said I” (vs.5, 8, & 11).
There is a divine order to cleansing; “I saw (vs.1) . . . Then I said (vs.5).
In the cleansing process there is the need for both the throne of holiness and the altar of atonement, but the revelation of the throne must precede the request for the work from the altar. Could our failure be attributed to the fact that we are trying to get people to require a work from the altar that have never had a revelation from the throne. Only a revelation of the throne can generate a true desire for the work on the altar! There is no need trying to get a person saved that’s never gotten lost.
There is a divine order to calling; “I heard (vs.8) . . . Then I said (vs.8).
Only after the revelation of the throne and the visitation from the altar was there a call from heaven! While God can and will use anyone and anything He likes for His Glory; in the divine plan it is His general order to cleanse and then call. Is the church trying to get sinners to do the work of the saint?
There is a divine order to consecration; “he said (vs.9) . . . Then I said (vs. 11)
Close examination to the divine order in Isaiah’s life can reveal the life that is used of God to impact a world for His glory and honor! Only those that have had a divine cleansing that has resulted in a divine calling can ever be expected to be totally consecrated unto the Lord. It is that one that is following God’s order that realizes that the results must be left up to God; for it is not God’s response to man, but it is man’s response to God that counts!