Isa.6:1 – In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
This had to be one of the worst moments in Isaiah’s life, the beloved King Uzziah had died. Uzziah had been one of the rare righteous kings. His death caused a time of great uncertainty for the people of God. Isaiah knew that judgement was coming near to Israel, he was deeply concerned when Uzziah was no longer there. All of that changed in a moment for Isaiah. His declaration “I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne…” was a resounding declaration. The Lord is on His throne, Uzziah may have died but the sovereign reign of God is still in place. This is a great message for us today. Regardless of who rules the land or what tragedy is banging at our door, our God is sitting upon His throne. Jesus is seated on the throne of God ruling the universe with His mighty word. I need to be able to say with Isaiah, “I saw the Lord sitting on His throne”. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this passage.
“It was in the year that king Uzziah died, who had reigned, for the most part, as prosperously and well as any of the kings of Judah, and reigned very long, above fifty years. About the time that he died, Isaiah saw this vision of God upon a throne; for when the breath of princes goes forth, and they return to their earth, this is our comfort, that the Lord shall reign for ever. Israel’s king dies, but Israel’s God still lives. From the mortality of great and good men we should take occasion to look up with an eye of faith to the King eternal, immortal. King Uzziah died under a cloud, for he was shut up as a leper till the day of his death. As the lives of princes have their periods, so their glory is often eclipsed; but, as God is everliving, so his glory is everlasting. King Uzziah dies in an hospital, but the King of kings still sits upon his throne.”
Regardless of what challenges you face today the Lord of all is on His throne. Go into His house like Isaiah and worship Him. He will surely come to you with His assurance and guidance.