How do you get ready for God’s presence? Do you long for it, even though you think the experience would shake the earth and sweep your feet right out from under you? Do you pray for it to happen even though you believe that God’s presence will things you could never anticipate or imagine? Listen to Isaiah’s prayer…
Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence—as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil—to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
(Isaiah 64:1-3 ESV)
Do you hear how deep Isaiah’s hunger for God to break through and come near runs? Isaiah wants God to break into creation even if God’s presence shakes the whole earth and causes all the nations to fall down trembling at his coming. Isaiah wants to feel the awe of God’s unforeseen works, to see the unanticipated results of God’s power as he works his will in creation. Isaiah longs for the presence of God that will shake loose every other “power” and knock down every idol. He wants to see creation brought to full boil by the presence of God that makes God’s name known to all the earth. Even though Isaiah will be shaking right along with the rest of us at the indescribable power of God, he wants to see it because that is the hope of all the world. God’s power is the power to heal all that is broken. God’s goodness is the antidote to every evil that afflicts creation and us. And God’s unanticipated works make even the mountains quake when God comes near to us. Do you long for the presence of God?
Lord we cry out for your presence, for the whole of creation to shake and be made new by your power.