The presence of God is an awesome concept. Isaiah experienced God’s presence and immediately recognized his sinfulness. When he compared his sinfulness with the holiness of God he realized that he was in trouble and cried out “’ 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.’” (v5) In Stephen’s sermon in Acts we see not only that nothing made with human hands can contain God. We also see his attack on what should be a strange phenomenon: People who claim to follow God are resisting Him.
When God’s people are at peace with Him and the ruler of the land is following God, justice prevails. David calls on God for Solomon to rule with righteousness and justice. Throughout God’s word, justice is a major concern of God. True justice can only happen when God is in control. How often do we truly let God be in control, though? Are we more like those stiff-necked people who continue to resist God so that we can try to get every human advantage on others, or are we more like Isaiah who encounters God and recognizes his sinfulness? When we are experiencing the presence of God in our lives daily we become aware of our own sinfulness, and even more aware of God’s grace that brings forgiveness. We will also have a sense of justice that will seek to treat all people equally and bring them into the presence of God so that they too may experience His grace,
Your Presence Lord, is life changing. Speak to me and help me recognize my sinfulness. Cleanse me from my sin and make me fit for Your service. Let me be a voice for Your justice in a world that seeks to oppress and control others.