During 2020 I think a lot of people have been asking the same question: Where is the Lord in all this?
Isaiah likely had a similar question. The phrase that starts chapter 6 simply says, “in the year that King Uzziah died…” It’s a detail that doesn’t mean much to us, but Scripture paints more of the picture. Uzziah was king in Jerusalem for 52 years. Overall, he was a good king: 2 Kings 15:3 says, “He did what was right in the sight of the LORD,” and 2 Chronicles 26:5 says, “He sought God in the days of Zechariah, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.”
But Uzziah’s life ended tragically. His success and power led him to become proud and he was struck with leprosy. (You can read about it in 2 Chronicles 26). So his death sent shockwaves throughout the kingdom. There was likely fear about what the future looked like and who was in charge. Isaiah had reason to be discouraged and disillusioned at the death of King Uzziah. Where was the Lord in all this?
The LORD was sitting on a throne!
God was still enthroned in Heaven and was still in charge of all creation. There is a throne in Heaven, and the LORD sits upon it as the sovereign ruler of the universe! That is the central fact of Heaven; there is an occupied throne. Kings sit on thrones. Judges sit on thrones. Those with proper authority and sovereignty sit on thrones. Isaiah may have been depressed or discouraged because a great leader was no longer on the throne. But it’s as if God says to Isaiah, “Don’t worry about that, Isaiah. Uzziah may not be on his throne, but I am on Mine.”
The circumstances may change, but our God doesn’t. So we can say something similar about the circumstances we find ourselves in. In the year of a global pandemic, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up. In the year of heartbreaking racial injustices, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up. In the year of [fill in the blank] I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up.
When you think about what’s wrong with our world do you acknowledge that God is on His throne? Let that change the way you pray. Let that change the way you worry.