Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”Isaiah 6:8 NIV
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
This verse comes in the midst of Isaiah’s encounter with the living God. He sees the Lord, high and lifted up, with seraphim in attendance. The vision was so awe inspiring that Isaiah was left broken, deeply aware of his own sin and inadequacy.
Then one of the seraphim touched his lips with a live coal taken from the altar and pronounced him clean, his sins atoned for. Following this, he hears God say “Whom shall I send?”
Isaiah’s response was an enthusiastic plea to have that privilege. To be the one that God would send. Even before he knew what he was being sent for. What an amazing response to God’s call.
Contrast Isaiah’s response with that of Moses (Exodus 3:4-4:17). God calls to Moses out of the burning bush to commission him as Israel’s deliverer. Moses knows what his calling is. But he is reluctant, offering a number of excuses. Ultimately asking God to just send someone else. But in the end he went and was the instrument of God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt.
I am reasonably sure that my response to God’s call is all too often more like Moses than Isaiah. Dragging my feet and looking at my own limitations. It is much easier to see why something cannot be done that it is to just jump at the opportunity to serve. In whatever way that is.
Lord, give me the heart and willingness of Isaiah. To be filled with awe in your presence. And to jump at the chance to serve you. In whatever you call me to.
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