Around 742 B.C. the prophet Isaiah heard the Lord ask, “Who will go for us?”
To which the prophet replied, “Here am I. Send me!”
I wonder…are we as eager to respond to God’s call as Isaiah?
Here I am, God. Whatever you ask, I’ll do it.
Wherever you send, I’ll go.
No matter how difficult, or how far outside my comfort zone, if you call, I’m the person for the job.
What I’ve often found is when we feel God calls us to step up and take on something for him, we become afraid to say yes to his “Who will go for us?”
We’re afraid God might ask us to do something beyond our abilities.
Or something unpleasant.
Or something which will require too much from us.
Or…fill in your own blanks.
Every time God called one of his prophets in the Old Testament it cost the prophet something.
Anoint Saul’s successor while Saul’s still king of Israel, realizing if Saul chased David all around the country to keep him from taking his throne, he wouldn’t be too happy having you anoint him. (Samuel) Cast into a cistern? Put in stocks? (Jeremiah) Told your wife would die, yet you are not to mourn outwardly for her? (Ezekiel) Thrown in a lion’s den? (Daniel)
It was beyond human ability to accomplish on their own.
Call down fire from the sky? Fed by ravens beside a brook? Raise a widow’s son back to life? (Elijah) Divide the Jordan River by striking it with a cloak? Provide unlimited oil to pay a creditor to save a widow’s two sons from slavery? Cure leprosy? (Elisha)
It was often unpleasant, and usually involved being despised by the people God sent the men to reach.
Plague of locusts? (Joel) Declare social justice is inseparable from true piety? (Amos) Swallowed by a large fish? (Jonah) Warn kings and rulers who despised justice and distorted what is right, their city would be reduced to rubble. Remind rulers God requires all men (and woman) to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with the LORD?(Micah)
Warn the arrogant, those who make themselves wealthy through extortion, and build their realm by unjust gain, they will not escape God’s wrath? (Habakkuk) Declare woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled? (Zephaniah) Warn the people to give careful thought to their actions and the need to put God first. (Haggai) Declare judgment on the nations at Christ’s return. (Zechariah) Punishment to those who do not follow the Lord’s ways? (Malachi)
I’m thinking not many of us will be called upon to serve God in the same way prophets in the Old Testament did.
Still, we may be hesitant. We may forget the One who calls us knows what we are capable of. We may forget he knows our strengths and our weaknesses. We may also forget God will not send us where he knows we’ll fail. Why would he do that?
Isaiah and the other prophets were able to reply, “Here am I. Send me!” when God asked, “Who will go for us?” because they trusted the One sending them.
Let’s pray when we’re called, we’ll respond the same way. Here am I. Send me!
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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)
I wish you well.
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