February 4

Isaiah 6:1-4

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.” vs. 1

Isaiah gifts us with a description of his call to prophetic ministry and even gives us the year, somewhere around 740 BC. He was in the temple and had a vision of God’s presence…it was overwhelming and changed his life. Such divine encounters were common for our spiritual ancestors. They occurred at different times, often in the wilderness, but always they brought enlightenment and direction. In every instance they gave a glimpse of God that was precious and life-changing. God wasn’t a theoretical being who may or may not exist. These folks knew that God was real. More than that, they actually knew God! What’s really exciting is that these encounters have continued to happen in the lives of God’s people. We might not have visions like Isaiah, or see the heavens opened like Jesus, or even dream like Jacob, but we can have experiences of God that fill us with awe and wonder. There might even be a call to ministry involved. Of course the realm of the Spirit continues to be mysterious and elusive and there’s no good way to manipulate spiritual experiences. They simply come, not necessarily to everyone, and they’re always a surprise. Some say that prayer and meditation provide the environment for spirit visitations. There could be some truth in that observation…that’s what Jesus did and maybe it could work for us.

Thought for the Day: What might a divine encounter feel like?

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