I long to experience Gods word as Isaiah did as recorded in chapter 6 for too long I have sought to believe that knowing the scriptures was enough. To be able to memorize and quote chapter and verse for every situation was the pinnacle for me. How I slaved away at my memorization seeking to be the best in my class. I sought to be the best for I wanted to be known as the best; the ‘go to’ person for any question related to the bible.
Lately the burden of the Holy Spirit has been heavy upon me concerning my approach and understanding of his word. I have been seeing the word through different eyes and I have noticed a new hunger and understanding of Gods word forming in my spirit. The Holy Spirit has been leading me in prayer to move beyond memorization into experiencing Gods word.
How I long to be like Isaiah in chapter 6 who assimilated Gods word through his five senses. Our five senses, which have been captured by the enemy need to be released from the enemies’ strongholds, to experience Gods word in all its fullness. I content that until we are experiencing Gods word through our five senses, we are not moving into the full blessing and favour that God has planned for us.
Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up. Isaiah saw the word in all his glory and beauty revealing the heart of the Fathers love.
Isaiah heard the word of the Lord, ‘Whom shall I send?’ Isaiah heard the full richness of the sounds of heaven including the vibrations of the angels. At that moment the song of praise and worship was born in Isaiah’s heart.
Isaiah tasted the word of God upon his lips as the hot coals touched his mouth. Isaiah’s lips were burned with the fire and authority of the word to pull down and lift up.
Isaiah experienced the word of God as the threshold shock. The power of God vibrated through his body with waves of power and authority.
Isaiah smelled the smoke arising within the temple. In doing so the aroma of the smoke invaded his being bringing the glory and mercy of the word.
Jesus told a parable: A certain man went down to Jericho and fell among thieves. We all know the parable of the Good Samaritan. Whom do you think had an experience of God’s word? Those who knew the law and memorized the texts? Or the one who befriended the wounded person?
Jesus said, ‘Go and do likewise.’ The Holy Spirit is saying today ‘Go and be likewise.’
I pray with all my being and spirit filled passion that God will continue to lead me deeper and further along this pathway and to also pour out his word among us all through our five senses.