Thursday, February 24, 2011

Send Me! - February 24, 2011

Isaiah 6:1-8 (New International Reader's Version)
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was seated on his throne. His long robe filled the temple. He was highly honored.

2 Above him were seraphs. Each of them had six wings. With two wings they covered their faces. With two wings they covered their feet. And with two wings they were flying. 3 They were calling out to one another. They were saying,

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord who rules over all.
The whole earth is full of his glory."

4 The sound of their voices caused the stone doorframe to shake. The temple was filled with smoke.

5 "How terrible it is for me!" I cried out. "I'm about to be destroyed! My mouth speaks sinful words. And I live among people who speak sinful words. Now I have seen the King with my own eyes. He is the Lord who rules over all."

6 A seraph flew over to me. He was holding a hot coal. He had used tongs to take it from the altar. 7 He touched my mouth with the coal. He said, "This has touched your lips. Your guilt has been taken away. Your sin has been paid for."

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord. He said, "Who will I send? Who will go for us?"

I said, "Here I am. Send me!"

This is probably one of my favorite passages of Scripture in the Bible. Often when I am preparing to worship, or when I am sitting quietly in Church, or ene when I feel like connecting with God, I will read these verse in Old Testament Book of Isaiah. I imagine myself in Isaiah's place, standing before the throne of God; I picture His robe flowing through the Holy Temple, and filling it with His glory. I think of the majesty and glory of God, surrounded by the angels, gving Him praise and honor.

If I were in Isaiah shoes, would I be as fearful of God as he was? Isaiah was awstruck and at the same time he was struck with fear, because in an instant he realized his wickedness and sin against the purity and holiness of God. He realized that in his own efforts, he would never be worthy enough to stand before God. Yet God thought enough of His prophet to ask Him if he would be God's voice to the people. Isaiah volunteered to serve the Holy Trinity, the "us" of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. He would go for God to speak to God's people.

I often long to hear God's clear and audible voice ask me to do something. Walking in faith would be "piece of cake", if God just talked to us. It would be so much easier to know exactly what God wanted me to do; I would have loved to have volunteered and say, "Send me!" I would have loved to be of service to the King of Glory.

If you are "walking" under the grace and mercy of God, you are called to be His servant. There should be no Christian who doesn't know in His heart and mind that God is the one leading Him. We should not need to hear God's audible voice, because within us the Holy Spirit confirms His presence each and everyday, each and every time we call on Him.

Our job is to "listen" and go where God guides us. It is up to us to freely surrender oursleves to His service and say, "Send me!"

Photo by "Sun Breaker" by pixelstar, 2-1-2006, from stock.xchng

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