Today’s Reading: Isaiah 5-9
Today’s Reflection: Isaiah 6:8
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
When God calls for someone to serve Him, what is your response? For Isaiah the answer was simple: send me! This should be our answer as well.
Not, “Lord I don’t have the skills to do it”, as was Moses’ initial response (Exodus 4:10-17).
Not, “Lord I don’t want to do it”, as was Jonah’s initial response (Jonah 1:3; 3:1-4:4).
Not and empty promise of “Yes Lord I’ll do it” followed by disobedience and failure, as was the case with the children of Israel entering the Promised Land (Joshua 24:14-28; Judges 1:27-2:15).
God qualifies the called, knows what lies in their hearts, and can give them strength to obey.
Notice also that Isaiah doesn’t ask God what he is being sent to do, where he is being asked to go, how long it will take or how hard it will be. Isaiah just says, whatever it is you need Lord send me!
It’s not that Isaiah thought he was perfect. Before God’s call he pointed out his own sins and unworthiness to stand in the presence of God (Isaiah 6:5). But Isaiah acknowledged his need for God and had faith that God could cleanse him, change him and use him (Isaiah 6:6-7). We should have this faith too.
None of us stands as perfect and yet God desires to enter into relationship with us, to partner with us, to work with us, and to work out our issues—sins, bad habits and attitudes—with us. To often we fear His call, but God only asks from us what He has (or will) put in us. God’s call means He has faith that you can do what He asks.
Choose to be one of His chosen today.
1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.