Visions of God: Day Three
purity shows us God (Isaiah)
By Rebekah Hargraves
READ: Isaiah 6:1-3, 5, 8; Matthew 5:8; Galatians 5:16
As busy mamas who regularly find ourselves making another meal, cleaning another mess, and folding yet another load of laundry, it can become easy to get lost in the seemingly mundane. Could it be, though, that the problem isn’t so much that our work is mundane as it is that we are focusing on the wrong thing? Could it be that if we took our eyes off the leaning laundry tower and instead fixed them on the Lord, that our perspective of the work we do as moms would be changed?
I think so, because something similar happened to Isaiah when he had a vision of God. Isaiah 6:1-3 says, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphim were standing above him; they each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies; his glory fills the whole earth.”
From this moment on, Isaiah was changed. His first concern, however, was with his own severe lack of holiness in correspondence to God’s - “Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Armies. (vs. 5)”
Have you ever felt this way? Maybe you yelled at your kids one too many times, and you now feel the weight of the depth of your sin. Combine this with Matthew 5:8 (“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.“), and you’re bound to feel a little despairing as Isaiah did.
Here’s what we have to remember, though: thanks to the good news of the gospel, there is hope! Not only has our sin been washed away forevermore, but we also have a Helper Whose job it is to sanctify us more and more day by day. Galatians 5:16 says, “Walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh.”
If you want purity of heart and lips, it won’t come from striving. The fruits of the Spirit won’t be cultivated in your life by your merely pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. Rather, they will naturally flow out of your heart and life as you walk by the Spirit. Then you will be ready, as Isaiah was, to say “Here I am. Send me. (vs. 8)”, and return to your mothering with renewed purpose and passion!
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” ~Matthew 5:8
How could daily fixing your eyes on Christ dramatically change how you mother?
Do you often strive for perfection? How could resting in the good news of the gospel and walking by the Spirit put an end to that striving?
What is an area of sin in your life wherein you need to stop walking by the flesh and start walking by the Spirit?
Lord, I thank You for Your amazing grace. Thank You that I am able to fix my eyes on Your truth in the here and now and will be able to fix my eyes on You physically for all eternity. Help me to live in light of this truth and have it impact the way I mother the children you have entrusted to me to steward well. Thank you for this gift of motherhood, and thank You that I can walk by Your Spirit and cease my striving. In Jesus’ name, Amen.