DEVOTION – DAY 54
Isaiah 6:8 – “Send me!”
Isaiah 6:8: “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!”
Many Christians are worried that God would call them to serve in a particular area out of their comfort zone. They are concerned that they may not be equipped or that it would be a burden for them. It is good to learn from Isaiah 6:8.
In Isaiah 6, Isaiah finds himself transported to God’s throne hall. He happened to overhear God’s questions “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Notice that God never called Isaiah personally. If we study the Bible, there are instances when God has already made a general call to all His people so we should not sit around and think that it does not apply to us unless we get additional confirmation by expecting God to call us directly. God does not do that because He had already told us what He expects us to do. Not to answer His call to serve will mean that we miss out on His blessings for us and the joy of serving Him.
For example, in Matthew 28:19-20, the Lord had called every believer to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, teaching them to obey His commandments. Yet, there are Christians who think that this applies to missionaries and pastoral staff and they think that God had not called them specifically nor are they gifted to do this kind of work. Or in Romans 12:2-3, God expects us “not to conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewal of our minds.” Yet, there are Christians who spend their time blending in with the world’s thinking and practices. They are too busy making money and improving their position and there is little time for God and His Word.
But look at Isaiah. He did not wait to be called. He knew God’s call was given to all and his only possible response was to reply, “Here am I. Send me1” That must also be our immediate response. How can we get to be like Isaiah? We can do so by working on our relationship with the Lord. If we make it a point to talk to the Lord daily through prayer and read and apply the Bible daily, we will draw closer to God and know instinctively His call. The question is, “Are you willing to do so?” It is the same with your parents, you know them so well that they do not need to ask you to do something for them because you know already what it is they want you to do.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, help us to make it our daily priority to spend time in your Word and to seek you in prayer. We seek to draw close to you and obey you all our days. In the blessed name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
- What is God asking you to do for Him now?
- How are you responding to what God is asking you to do? What are the results?
- How can you get to be like Isaiah to be so willing to tell God, “Send me!”?
- What do you think will happen if we do not respond to God’s call for us?