Looking Beyond Our Present Circumstances
Wade E Taylor
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw also the
sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train
filled the temple. Above it stood the Seraphim: each
one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and
with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.”
“And one cried unto another and said: "Holy,
is the Lord of hosts: The whole earth is full of His glory.
And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that
cried, and the house was filled with smoke.” Isaiah
There was a specific time and setting in which these events
took place in the life of Isaiah. “In the year that
King Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord.”
Isaiah could have said this in another way: “When
all of my dreams and ambitions failed, I realized that I could
not, of my own ability, attain to that for which the Lord
called me. Then, I looked up to the Lord.” Or; “When
I came to the end of my own ways and placed my problems in
His hands, the Lord showed me His power and ability to meet
Before the time of this vision, Isaiah had been taken up
with the throne of Uzziah as his means of comfort and support.
He had to experience a “death” to his dependence
on an earthly King, before he could see the eternal, heavenly
King, who was waiting to help him.
“I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and
lifted up.” Now, Isaiah could look beyond the vacant
earthly throne and see the occupied heavenly throne, with
the winged Seraphim standing over it, waiting to act in his
behalf. The Lord had been there all along, waiting for Isaiah
to look to Him for help, rather than to King Uzziah.
“And His train filled the Temple.” This “train”
(the attendant Glory) which Isaiah saw, trailed out from the
garment of the Lord, who was seated in His throne, and it
filled the temple. A verse in the New Testament gives us a
further understanding about this “temple.” “Do
you not know that you are the temple of God?” I Cor
This shows us that His “presence and power” reaches
out from the throne, down into our very being. Therefore,
the Lord is not very far from us, as Heaven is a dimension,
not a distance.
The world has a way of talking about God. They say, “He
is up there, some place - far away.” Although His throne
is eternal, powerful, and transcends all, the Lord is a very
present and available God. We have personal access to our
Lord, and He is ever waiting for us to approach Him.
As we look away from our ability, and the natural things
that we tend to trust in, we will be able to look up to the
Lord - in His throne, and begin to experience the fact that,
“We are His temple, and His “train” (His
personal love and concern for us) reaches down into our very
lives.” As a result, a beautiful communion and trust
between us and our Lord will begin to develop.
Then, we will be brought up into a prepared place of function
and purpose with Him, in His throne.
“To he who overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in
throne, even as I overcame, and am set down with My
Father in His throne.” Rev 3:21.
“Above it stood the Seraphim.” Not in an earth
orientation (King Uzziah), but above (King Jesus).
“Each had six wings; with twain he covered his face,
and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did
fly.” These wings represent a capacity for movement,
for power, and for fulfillment. Now, Isaiah was in a different
realm, and He saw the throne of God in action in His behalf.
“Seraphim” can be translated, “burning
ones.” This speaks of the “manifest presence and
glory” of the Lord, reaching down into our lives in
intervention. The six wings of the Seraphim, (three sets of
two wings each), express God manifestly acting in our behalf
- His burning presence (The Holy Spirit and Fire), accomplishing
His purposes in our lives.
“With twain he covered his face.” No flesh can
abide in His presence, our face must be covered. This represents
our acknowledging His headship. Our mind is to be covered,
that “the mind of Christ” might be enabled to
function through us.
“With twain he covered his feet.” This speaks
of our submission to His government, or rule in our lives.
We are to “walk in the Spirit,” setting aside
our own ways, and look to Him for direction and purpose in
“And with twain he did fly.” This speaks of our
coming up into “the life and function” of His
eternal Spirit and Kingdom. Note Isaiah 40:31: “But
they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they
shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not
be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.”
As we look away from all earthly thrones, and come up into
a place of trust and communion with our Lord in His throne,
we will merge with these “winged Seraphim” in
their function and worship of the Lord.
“And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, Holy,
Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His
glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him
As we worship the Lord, the door of heaven will begin to
open to us. Then, we will be lifted up into His throne, to
be seated together with Him.
“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together
Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Eph 2:6.
“And the house was filled with smoke.” This “house”
speaks of our environment, the places where we live, worship,
and work. The “smoke” speaks of his manifest glory
(His train filling the temple), working in our behalf. He
is truly a “present God,” at work both in us,
and in all of our circumstances.
One of the things that really strengthens and encourages
me is when I see the Lord at work, not so much in the big
things which sometimes happen, but in the little things of
my every day life. Our lives seldom consist of many big things.
Rather, it is made up of many small things. It is easy for
us to look to natural ways of meeting these. But, we are to
look up to the Lord on His throne, even in small things.
He is seated in His throne, waiting for us to look away from
our natural sources of help, and look up to Him. He is both
a present and an available God.
How can we but help to worship, love and serve Him?