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This  is by Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

The Hand at the End of the Rope

"In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him were seraphim, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.  And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’  At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. ‘Woe to me!' I cried. 'I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty'" (Isaiah 6:1-5)

"So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, 'Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!'" (Luke 5:7-8).

In these Scriptures we see both Isaiah's and Peter's accounts as they saw the majesty of God. Let's compare and contrast the two passages.  The situations were similar but also different. Isaiah was going through a period of grief - the king had died. His vision seems to be more emotional than Peter's encounter, but you would expect that from a grieving person. We don't really know where he was, as Scripture doesn't say whether he was in the temple when he had this vision or not.

Peter, on the other hand, was in the boat where he had toiled all night. Jesus had just told Peter to let down his net and here we pick up the story as recorded in Scripture. We often tend to dismiss too lightly the miracle when the boat overflowed with fish and these fisherman had to signal their partners for help, but that was how they lived. For us, it would be like getting a check in the mail. I like to think that Peter might have been thinking of Isaiah's words when he fell to his knees before Jesus.

But note that both of these two men were both at the end of their rope. The question that we need to ask ourselves is this: When we come to the end of our rope in our own circumstances, what do we do?  Life for us is not that different from Peter and Isaiah.

The answer that Isaiah and Peter found was that when life overwhelmed them with its difficulties, God restored them with His incomprehensible greatness. And so it is for us all. Both Peter and Isaiah experienced both awe and humility. Our problem is that we often continue to look at the end of the rope, rather than looking for God's hand at the other end of the rope. We look at what is wrong with the situation, rather than seeing how God can make the situation right.

Bringing this into the twenty-first century, let me tell you that God loves you, and even though He already knows, He is asking "What are you going through today?"

Maybe you have lost a loved one, or maybe it's the loss of a job. The good news is that God is the same yesterday today and forever. He will restore you with his love and majesty, just as He did Isaiah and Peter. He wants to turn your eyes from grief and focus them on His greatness. He is saying to you: "Fall before Me, so you too can get up in my strength and go on."

A true friend is someone who reaches out for your hand and touches your heart. With God ALL Things Are Possible (Matthew 19:26). And remember that God can see better than any of us.

Pastor Timothy

You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Chaplain Timothy on the telephone each week on Tuesday evenings at 6 PM Arizona time for his Bible study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

You can also telephone Pastor Timothy at 623-692-6472.  Leave a message and he will get back to you.

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