February 5

Isaiah 6:5-8

“And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’” vs. 5

When Isaiah envisioned the awesome power of the living God his own inadequacies were exposed and he sensed that his whole being was flawed. He knew himself so very well, and he was particularly conscious of what he had so carefully kept hidden from others. In the Divine Presence all those secrets were exposed and his first response is to make confession. His reaction is familiar for any person of faith. When we first make a connection with God and realize that in God there is amazing purity and power, we can’t help but confess our imperfections and secret sins. As some liturgies put it, “we are sinful and unclean.” It’s at that point that Isaiah got a big surprise. He experienced the burning, cleansing power of God and knew in a flash that he had been purified. He had been set free from the power of sin and equipped for a ministry of service and proclamation. That same invading cleansing power comes to us right on the heels of our confessions. Our inadequacies, whatever they might be, are no barrier to our continuing God connection. All of our excuses for avoiding God are taken away. We are liberated to let our lights shine before others and to give all the glory to God.

Thought for the Day: Is confession a one time thing or do we have to keep doing it?

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