We often say we’re overwhelmed with information, and social media updates in particular. How do we filter this stuff? Here’s a guy who was overwhelmed…
6 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. 2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 They were calling out to each other,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!
The whole earth is filled with his glory!”
4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.
5 Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”
8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”
I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
9 And he said, “Yes, go, and say to this people,
‘Listen carefully, but do not understand.
Watch closely, but learn nothing.’
10 Harden the hearts of these people.
Plug their ears and shut their eyes.
That way, they will not see with their eyes,
nor hear with their ears,
nor understand with their hearts
and turn to me for healing.” Isaiah 6
His system could simply not process how awesome God was. Instead of being swamped by banal trivia, Isaiah’s circuits were instantly blown as he experienced fierce intensity of holy glory. It was a strong, good, glorious vision. In contrast to the hard-hearted, ‘blind’ and ‘deaf’ people he was about to be sent to, this encounter didn’t dull his senses, it piqued them deeply. It pained them to the point of his eyes being opened to his own sinfulness. He was struck dumb in God’s presence, jibbering, recognising the futility of his own words.
19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. James 1.19-20
Urgent restitution was called for. And then came Isaiah’s commission. Having seen the glory, he became a witness to it. His theme and message is at an entirely different level now. With a purity and passion, he becomes spokesman for God to his own people.
How might a better vision of the holiness of God change our social media content?