DCLM Daily Manna Sunday 9 June 2024

TOPIC: The Brave and The Broken

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

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.

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me”
(Isaiah 6:8).

DCLM Daily Manna Sunday 9 June 2024 MESSAGE

Great militaries select their elite forces from among the toughest and bravest of men. Candidates for the U.S. Navy SEAL program, for example, are taken through ‘Hell Week’, five-and-half days of gruelling tests of physical endurance, mental toughness, teamwork, attitude, physical/ mental stress and sleep deprivation. On average, only one in four candidates make it through and go on to graduate.

God’s ways are far higher than men’s ways, however. When He chooses His elite forces, He looks not for the brave but for the broken. Prophet Isaiah was a good candidate. He had been prophesying prior to his epic encounter in today’s passage. When he came face to face with the Almighty in His glorious majesty, he suddenly realised his own imperfection. Although he cried, “Woe is me! for I am undone,” God replied with an answer of peace. The lively coal from His altar was for the prophet’s sanctification: “thy sin is purged.”

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The experience of sanctification is essential for those who would bear God’s message to a corrupt world. Furthermore, standing in God’s awesome presence opened Isaiah’s eyes to the sinful condition of the “people of unclean lips” among whom he dwelt. That revelation qualified him to bear God’s message of repentance to them.

No one could gain real self-awareness of his spiritual state until he came into the immediate presence of the thrice-holy God. You may secretly flatter yourself on your elevated spirituality until the day God shines in your heart “to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”. When that day arrives, you will see yourself, warts and all. Pray for this glorious experience to be fit for service in God’s special squad.

With God, brokenness is a plus, not a minus.