Dr. John Goetsch
January 28, 2021
In the midst of difficult circumstances or trials, God can seem distant. We wonder if He hears our prayers or cares about our heartache. The prophet Isaiah was no doubt at that point in his life when King Uzziah died in chapter six. Out of nowhere came a trial; and Isaiah is suddenly confronted with fear, anxiety, and doubt. Where does one find God when he needs Him most?
Isaiah found God in the “holy place.” Verse three says, “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” When God seems distant, return to a holy life. God will be waiting for you there. Isaiah also found God in the “humble place.” Upon seeing the Lord, his response in verse five was, “Woe is me! for I am undone.” Pride is an abomination to the Lord, and God doesn't hang around His abominations! “...to this man will I look, even to him that is of a poor and contrite spirit, and that trembleth at my word (Isaiah 66:2b).” Get back to the humble place. Thirdly, God is always found in the “harvest place.” In verse eight Isaiah hears God ask, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” God can always be found in a place of service ready to assist and empower you with His grace and strength.
If complexities of ministry and the circumstances of life have caused you to doubt the presence, provision, and power of God; let me encourage you to return to the holy place, the humble place, and the harvest place. God will meet you there!
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