It’s safe to say that Isaiah “freaked out” when he saw God’s glory and his reaction was to exclaim, “Woe to me! I am ruined! I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips!” Beholding the fullness of the Almighty made the prophet immediately mindful of his own sinfulness, yet God showed mercy. After his exclamation, a seraph, with eyes all over his body and wings to cover his face, took a pair of tongs and got a live coal from the altar. He flew directly toward Isaiah and touched his mouth while proclaiming to him that his sins had been atoned for. I’m pretty sure it hurt, but in the end, it was a pain that set him free.
My friend, though acknowledging how far you are from being holy is a difficult thing to do, the reward is always greater than the discomfort. When you choose to take ownership of your position in the presence of God’s righteousness, there will be heat, but it will not consume you. While the sting of the Refiner’s fire may be searing for a season, it will ultimately release you from sin’s grip. It’s His love that presses the coal to your mouth to remove your guilt and shame, and when you embrace the fullness of its power, you will be redeemed and transformed!