I came across this sermon outline I preached over 10 years ago. God’s word is still as powerful today, so I trust it will leave you longing for an encounter with the Lord.
In the year that King Uzziah died, Isaiah saw the Lord. This moment changed him. Anyone who has had an encounter with the Lord will testify of a changed life. When we see the Lord, how are we changed?
We see God for who He really is (Isaiah 6:1-4). In this scene, God is exalted above all (v. 1). Everything in Heaven worships Him (v. 2), recognizing His holiness (v. 3) and omnipotence (v. 4).
When we see God for who He really is, we see ourselves for who we really are (v. 5). We see that we are dead in our trespasses and sins without Him. We find ourselves speechless and without excuse in God’s presence because our righteous efforts are like filthy rags (later referenced in Isaiah).
In this revelation, we realize the price paid for our sin (vv. 6, 7). Isaiah’s price was the burning coal on his lips, showing him there is a price to be paid. On this side of the cross, we know that Jesus paid the price for our sin.
We respond in obedience and surrender (vv 8-13). Isaiah said, “Here am I.” God commissioned Isaiah at that moment to go.
As we reflect on Isaiah’s encounter with the Lord, it did not bring him tingly feelings. It came with difficult realizations, repentance, and surrender. While we do have those sweet moments, we must know that encounters with God are never contrary to Scripture. They lead us to a life of holiness.
My prayer for you is that you have daily encounters with God. May each day draw you deeper in your faith and understanding of our holy God.