In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:1-3)
In a year of great trial and loss, Isaiah saw the Lord in a way that he had never seen Him before. The gospel of John tells us that it was Jesus Christ that Isaiah saw on the throne (see John 12:41). Prior to this awesome glimpse of God’s glory Isaiah had pronounced several woes on the people of Israel because of their sins but, after he had seen the Lord, all he could say was, “woe is me!” Suddenly his eyes were opened to see God as He truly is and therefore to see himself as he truly is.
In our country we do all we can to avoid and prevent any pain in our lives but it is usually in the storms of life that God desires to reveal Himself to us in new ways. The storm might be physical, it might be financial, it might be emotional, or some other upheaval like Isaiah experienced but if we will call on the Lord He will show us great and mighty things that we have not seen before (see Jeremiah 33:3).
After Jesus was crucified there were two of his disciples who were very sad as they were walking on a road to a town called Emmaus (Luke 24:13). You could say they were in a storm and their world had just been turned upside down. Jesus Christ, just resurrected from the grave, joined them on the road and as He spoke to them their hearts burned within them but they did not recognize who He was. When they sat down together to eat a meal and Jesus gave thanks and broke the bread, then their eyes were opened to see Him as they had not seen Him before.
In ancient Israel sharing a meal was a most intimate gesture between friends. It is in the intimate times we spend with the Lord, in Bible study and in prayer, that we too can see Him as we have not seen Him before. Is there a storm in your life? Perhaps God desires to show you His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ.