It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. (Isaiah 6:1)
Relate: It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. For most of his long reign, Uzziah was a godly man. He provided both continuity and a smooth transition of leadership as he served as coregent with his father in his early years and his son served as coregent with him later in life. In all, he reigned for over fifty years and those years are the most prosperous the kingdom of Judah had experienced since the days of Solomon. Uzziah is credited with inventing new weapons used to defend the walls of his cities. He built up those walls and fortifications to the point that Judah was considered impregnable by its neighbors. Both the Philistines and the Arabians took a beating in their wars with him and both the Ammonites and Edomites were vassal states in his time. Even mighty Egypt considered him an equal.
Pride leading to leprosy put a stain on his later years but even that enabled his son Jotham to begin to take the reigns of leadership while still having the wisdom and experience of his father. There is no way anybody could look at the years of the reign of Uzziah and say anything except that they were very good years for the kingdom and its people. However, like all men, King Uzziah died. It was not until that death that Isaiah saw the Lord and received his commission from Him.
React: Having a good thing is not always a good thing. When I am living in times of calm and contentment, I will not cry out for help. When walking through a period of peace and prosperity I believe I am capable of handling things all on my own. Sometimes the best thing God can do for me is to let the good thing die. When I think I can handle everything, I don’t look for help. When everything seems fine, I don’t realize my continuing need for God. It takes my safety being shattered before I start seeking a Savior.
It was in the year that King Uzziah died that Isaiah saw the Lord. What are the Uzziah’s in my life? What are those good things that keep me from looking for the best? What are the things in which I find a contentment that prevents me from looking higher and beyond? What must I let go of that I might grab hold of God?
For those times when I have allowed the good to keep me from seeking the best, forgive me. Help me to never be content. Help me to never settle. If there are good things in my life that I must let go of, give me the courage and wisdom to do so. If there are decent things that have been stealing my focus, let them fade to dark. I want to seek You alone. I want to yearn for You alone. Give me a passion and a hunger for You that will never settle for anything less no matter how good it might seem.