Listen to today’s devo!

I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. (Isa. 6:1)

A few years ago, I toured the Alps by renting a car and driving from Geneva, Switzerland to Salzburg, Austria. From the crystal-clear Alpine lakes to the jagged and vertical incline of the mountainside, all of nature screamed: “Awe! Majesty! Reckless Beauty!” That experience led my heart to expand in new and meaningful ways. If God’s creation is at once beauty and awesome, and if this world holds only a glimpse of his majesty, how exalted, great, and trustworthy must he be. The Alps, only a small representation of God’s glory (the train of his robe, perhaps), revealed to me his inexhaustible power and my profound insignificance.

Isaiah’s vision comes after the death of King Uzziah who had once been a successful, trusted, and revered king before he overstepped his appointment, disregarded God’s law, and attempted to perform priestly duties. At this point, he was struck with leprosy, and his son—a much less capable ruler—was named King. The Israelites needed a worthy King. One might assume, then, that Isaiah (and Israel) needed a reminder that God, the high and exalted One, was on the throne.

Trusting God to fulfill his promises requires us to approach him with humility and trust. This is accomplished, in part, by glimpsing God’s glory. Before we can serve faithfully, we must first believe fully that he is on the throne.

Serve out of humility and in submission to our worthy God.

Dalene (Rovenstine) Fisher is a wife, mother, and grandma. She serves as assistant provost and dean of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.