June 21, 2015 Posted by admin in Vision

Who or What's Blocking Your Vision Of The Lord?

Who or What's Blocking Your Vision Of The Lord?

Isaiah 6:1(NKJV) - In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.

According to 2 Chronicles 26, Uzziah became King of Judah at 16 years old. He was a good king during the days of the prophet Zechariah. As a result, The Lord prospered him and gave him victory over his enemies. Unfortunately, when he became very strong his pride got the best of him. He thought he could usurp the authority of the priests and opted to burn incense on the altar of God. While he was in the act, the priest Azariah and eighty other priests confronted him in the temple concerning his transgression. Instead of being repentant, he got angry and God struck him with leprosy. They ran him out of the building and he spent the rest of his life in isolation until he died. Interestingly, it wasn't until the year he died that Isaiah saw The Lord. Maybe it was circumstantial but what if it was not?

Isaiah 6:1-8(NKJV) - In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 So I said: "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 my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts." 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged." 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."

Not only did Isaiah see The Lord but he also received and responded to his call into the ministry. If there was nothing important about King Uzziah's death taking place just before Prophet Isaiah's heavenly vision of God it would not have been mentioned. Obviously, there was a reason why King Uzziah had to be taken out of the way before Isaiah could have been released to do what God had called him to do. Perhaps, Prophet Isaiah was called by God to operate in a season that began only after King Uzziah's death. That's a fair assertion. Perhaps, King Uzziah's rebellion against God would get in Isaiah's way. Whatever the reason, God had no intentions of showing up to Isaiah with King Uzziah still alive.

Is there a King Uzziah in your life that has to go before God can be free to reveal Himself to you in a whole new way? Perhaps, God recently moved someone out of your way and you can't seem to understand why. What if that person was blocking your vision of The Lord? What if you had to keep looking around that person to see God for yourself because your experience with The Lord did not exist apart from that person? Who is your King Uzziah? Whose shadow falls on you when the light of God shines in your direction?

Is your Uzziah a spouse? Is your entire experience with God tied to that person? If that person ever fails, will you backslide? Is your Uzziah a parent? Are you still worshipping your parent's God? Is your Uzziah a pastor? Can you only see God through the eyes of your pastor and you are unable to see Him for yourself? Who needs to get out of your way so you can see God for yourself? What if your only understanding of God is what someone else has seen and relayed to you causing you to have a third party Christian experience?

On the other hand, perhaps Uzziah is not a person in your life. Perhaps Uzziah is your education. You're just too intelligent to let go of logic and believe God for the ridiculous. Perhaps Uzziah is your denomination. You can't receive certain things clearly depicted in the scriptures because people in your denomination just don't believe that stuff. Perhaps Uzziah is your own pride. You know that God is calling you to something deeper but you don't want to deal with it so you ignore the tug of God on your heart. Hence, you never get to see Him on the level He wants you to.

Matthew 5:8(KJV) - Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Hebrews 12:14-15(KJV) - Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

Last, but certainly not least. Is sin blocking your vision of The Lord? The Lord says that the pure in heart and those who are holy shall see God. You can repent according to 1 John 1:9 and clear your spiritual vision. Jesus died so you can access God without any blockage so don't let any sin get between you two. Nonetheless, maybe it's not your sin that's blocking you, it's the sin of others you continue to associate with. Let's return to the story of Isaiah. I think we may have just stumbled upon the answer to why something or someone was blocking his vision of The Lord during the time of King Uzziah.

Isaiah 6:5-7(KJV) - 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.

From the top down, the people of Judah were unclean and it started with King Uzziah. As a result, when Isaiah was confronted with the holiness of God, his own uncleanness was highlighted. In response, God dispatched a seraphim with a live coal from the altar of God to cleanse him. He did all of this BEFORE calling Isaiah into the ministry.

Isaiah 6:8-10(NKJV) - Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.' "Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed."

Once Isaiah was cleansed by God, he was called into the ministry. That's what happened the year that King Uzziah died. God purged Isaiah from the sins of the people he lived among while under King Uzziah's corrupt leadership. So what The Lord is showing us through these scriptures is that your personal holiness and your purity of heart could be corrupted just by your association. With that, comes a limitation of your ability to see God and to accept His calling on your life. In a situation like that, God is left with no choice but to either get those people out of your life or get you out of theirs. They are unwelcome because they are blocking your vision of Him.

So what's the moral of this story? Don't hang around people who lower your level of spirituality and cause you to drop your desire to go deeper in God. Evaluate your relationships and decipher who in your life is helping you see God better. Those people you can keep. Then decipher who is blocking or skewing your clear vision of God. Those people can go. It's time for you to see The Lord high and lifted up. It's time for you to see His angels. It's time for you to see His throne. Maybe King Uzziah is not a person in your life. If so, evaluate everything else in your life and decipher what is helping you see God better and what is not. Keep what's helping you and eliminate what's blocking you. It's time for King Uzziah to get out of the way. God wants you to see Him on a whole other level. Don't you want to see Him too?

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