Many people feel that this was Isaiah’s “call to ministry.” Look a little closer. Isaiah saw this vision when Uzziah died. Isaiah had been preaching in Jerusalem for years already! So what we have here is a seasoned preacher who has been working hard for the Kingdom of God who is suddenly confronted with a deeper revelation of God. He is not a “sinner” off the streets when he falls down and says “I am ruined!” He’s a preacher!
So what? We can learn a great deal from this event. It doesn’t matter where you are in life. You could be a drug adict who is struggling to survive, or you could be the president of a seminary and the pastor of a church, revered in the community. No matter who you are, when you truly come face to face with the reality of God’s presence, there is only one response; on your face, now! No one is holy in their own ability. No one is good enough to meet God’s standards. It is only through the grace of God that we can do anything. When we keep that in mind, it will be easier to remove any prejudices or barriers that may exist between us and others in the world.