From Jim Broffitt

March 19, 2015 - 9:48 AM

Barb does a good job keeping our home neat and tidy.  She does the dusting, and, with the help of Roomba, I do the vacuuming. When we go to bed in the evening it is dark and everything looks clean.  Our living room windows face east.  On clear days, the morning sunbeams stream in revealing dust lazily floating in the air.  The darkness hides the dust, but it is revealed by the sun’s rays.

This reminds me of the contrast between God’s holiness and our sin.  The more we walk in the light of God’s holiness, the more our sins become apparent to us.  When we are not walking close to God, when His light is not illuminating our way, our sins tend to be hidden and less noticeable.  That’s a danger signal.  That’s when we need to draw closer to God and step back into His light.  How do we do this?  By spending time in prayer and Bible reading, and this should be a daily activity.   

What was Isaiah’s response when he found himself in God’s presence?

Isaiah 6:5 (NLT)
5  Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”

Isaiah saw his sin in contrast to God’s holiness.  After remorsefully confessing his sin, he was cleansed:

Isaiah 6:6-7 (NLT)
6  Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.
7  He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”

Thanks be to God that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so that we can be forgiven.

1 John 1:7-9 (HCSB)
7  But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8  If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.