In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
(Isaiah 6:1 NIV)
When King Uzziah died, the prophet Isaiah was finally able to take his eyes off the earthly king and fix them on the eternal One. The moment the throne was empty, Isaiah was able to see who really sat on it. Ever since Israel asked God for a monarch to rule them, the nation struggled to recognize its true King. Sadly, the struggle has continued to this day. Whenever we place someone or something other than God on the throne of our lives (as we’re all inclined to do) we lose sight of His reign over us.
When Jesus was transfigired before Peter, James and John, an event only they were privileged enough to experience, and Moses and Elijah, the most revered Old Testament prophets appeared to Him, His close disciples were quick to shift their focus from His glory to the fading glory of these men. But when they were gone, the disciples heard God say, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” It was also then “When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus” (Matthew 17:5, 8).
God hasn’t left His throne. He’s still seated on it, high and exalted, just like in Isaiah’s vision. If we fail to see Him there, we need to examine our hearts and see who or what has replaced Him. Once we empty the throne of the person or thing we have allowed to dominate us, we, too, will have a vision of the true King.