I chose a Kindle as a birthday gift recently, and my husband said I HAD to get the Kindle Fire HD. If I was paying that much, why not go a little more for high definition?
It’s all about pixels. The more pixels the better quality the picture.
Isaiah says, “I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings…And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. ‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.’” (Isaiah 6:1-5 NIV)
When I chose to follow Christ in 1977, I knew I needed to start reading my Bible and praying. But nobody told me that as I drew closer to God the pixels would be increasing.
Nobody told me that as I approached the throne I would begin to see the majesty and holiness of God with greater clarity.
Nobody told me that as I approached the throne my sinfulness would come into high definition, to the point that I would be on my knees saying, Woe is me!
So I’m telling you.
Do you want to know if you’re getting closer to God? A strong indicator is if it seems like you’re seeing more of your sin than you’ve ever seen before. To know your wretchedness means you’ve come into close proximity to the throne of Light. This is a good thing.
“I once was blind, but now I see.” –John Newton
But don’t despair. Read on in Isaiah 6. Jesus is the “live coal” who takes away our guilt. And the writer of Hebrews says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV)
It’s a throne of grace, not condemnation.
Our sin is shown to us in high definition for a purpose –that it might be purged, so that we can share in the holiness of God.
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me…” -John Newton
High definition means high quality, yes?