I’m honored to be your preacher. However, I’m humbled to serve as your pastor. It’s common in pastoral ministry to come alongside individuals, couples, and families who are hurting and uncertain of their future. In the last few days, I’ve walked and prayed with people battling cancer, dealing with the death of a loved one, and facing major career changes. What a blessing to love and serve people in their time of need!
Isaiah faced a time of uncertainty in his life. King Uzziah died. National and personal stability was threatened. What did Isaiah need in his time of loss and grief? He needed the presence of God.
Isaiah experienced four spiritual realities in the temple (Isaiah 6:1-8):
- The presence of God (Isaiah 6:1-3).
- The awareness of sin (Isaiah 6:5).
- The forgiveness of God (Isaiah 6:6-7).
- The call of God (Isaiah 6:8).
As I ministered to folks this week, I sensed that they hungered for the presence of God. God’s presence allowed them to experience His peace and power. What a blessing to know that the Lord is near!
Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”
Matthew 28:20 – “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Hebrews 13:5 – “For he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”
As you and I live with an awareness of God’s presence, four actions will result.
- Worship. We’ll adore the Lord’s holiness and glory.
- Confession. We’ll confess our sins and the sins of other people.
- Forgiveness. We’ll experience God’s grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ.
- Surrender. We’ll obey the Lord’s voice and follow Him as He leads.
May you and I enjoy God’s presence as we pursue Him in all seasons of life!
Rejoicing in His Presence,