Saturday sermon with Rev Diane Ledwick: I saw also the Lord, that’s how Big God is - Part 1

APRIL 29, 2016

Isaiah 6v1 ‘In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord...’ (KJV)

King Uzziah was someone important in the prophet Isaiah’s life. He was important to Isaiah as king but also as a person. There is no doubt that there was at the very least a relationship of standing between them, as Isaiah ministered for a time span of forty years which included the reign of king Uzziah of Judah, and back in the day the relationship between prophets and kings was very active.

The prophets were the oracles of God at the time and brought His word concerning the nation. When king Uzziah died, it was a significant event in Isaiah’s life and as such, it is worthy to be mentioned, such was the affect.

It was a landmark occasion, a timeline underlining a significant event in Isaiah’s life. It is noted by some biblical scholars that Isaiah was possibly a son of a Prince of Judah and therefore there would be high probability that King Uzziah was Isaiah’s grandfather.

Isaiah jumps right into the deep end with a response that we rarely find. In a time of significant and possible heartache, he acknowledges what has happened but immediately reverts his focus back to where it belongs, on the Lord.

Although something worth mentioning has happened, he doesn’t only focus on that sorrow but also continues to see the Lord, to focus on Him instead. Although a great king has died, he emphasises that the greatest King of all is still living.

It is so easy for us to see all that has gone wrong and is still going wrong in our lives, it is so easy for us to get caught up into the sorrow that we embrace but how easy is it for us to keep our eyes on Jesus and keep a joyful spirit and keep acknowledging, ‘Although this is happening and although that has happened, I see also the Lord?’Or is our misery and heartache all we can see?

Right now, what do you see regarding your life and regarding yourself? Who have you been seeing through the deep waters and tragedies of your life? Is it just yourself? Hopefully it is the same person who we see when we are having our way, and all our prayers are being answered and when everything is going well, and His name is Jesus Christ.

This is never an easy place to come to in our walk with God, we need His help and we need His grace, but He does grant it to us. He helped me, let me share with you how.

He has to incapacitate us and this simply means that we have to come to the end of ourselves. In 2014 and 2015 many disasters came my way over a nine month period, for three of those months from April till June last year, I was away in Rustenburg. It was during this time that the Lord ministered to me about incapacitation.

See Part 2 next week Saturday.