But the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will be exalted by his justice. The holiness of God will be displayed by his righteousness. (Isaiah 5:16)
Relate: Sometimes when I’m reading through the scripture for the day something jumps out at me and I can barely wait to finish reading so I can start typing away. Some other times I know even before I start my day I know what I will be writing. There’s a favorite verse or something I’ve recently read and it’s like a fire in my bones just waiting to come out. Today wasn’t like that. I was reading through and this verse pulled at me right near the start but I didn’t know why. After I read through everything, I went back and read it all again hoping something else would jump out. Nothing.
It’s a good verse but I had no idea what I was going to be writing about, I had no idea what God was trying to tell me as I thought through and prayed through this verse. God will be exalted and revealed through His justice, holiness, and righteousness. Clearly this is a good thing. Anything, anytime God is revealed it is good. But is it a good thing or a bad thing for me, a broken fallen sinner. That was the question I found myself asking. The answer, I believe, is yes.
React: Who is seen when people look at me? When I cry out for justice in my world, is it my voice people are hearing, or am I echoing His? When I strive to live holy, when I hunger to be righteous, is it my effort and works people are seeing? Or am I simply reflecting and redirecting people to the God who makes me holy?
God will be exalted in justice. His holiness will be displayed by righteousness. If He can be seen through me, if I am hiding behind the cross than this is a very good thing. If I keep trying to get in His way, if I am trying to exalt myself then I will be ground under. God is great, but He is not safe. The best place I can be found when He shows up is hiding behind the cross.
God, it is all about You. Any heart for justice I have is because I have been given your heart. Any holiness, any righteousness revealed in me is only because You can be seen through me. Help me to remain transparent. Be seen more and more clearly in my life. Help me to hide behind You. Be exalted in my life. Be revealed through my life.