APRIL 12 – Whom Shall I Send
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
The Lord calls men to serve him to speak to a wicked and adulterous people. Isaiah heard the voice of God. God apparently was speaking to himself. Notice “I” is singular and then “us” which is more than one. Isaiah said that he heard. How many hear the call of God to service and never answer the call? There are many excuses for not serving. None are acceptable to God.
We see that Isaiah knew exactly what he was in the eyes of a righteous and holy God. His declaration, “Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.” He recognized his wickedness and unworthiness to serve. There are none that are worthy to serve God. We find that God will equip those that He calls. The Seraphim with the coal cleansed and prepared Isaiah for service. God cleanses and prepares those that He calls to step out in faith to the service that He has prepared that man to do.
Notice the terms,”go for us.” The idea is to go. Sounds like the Great Commission. “God to all the world and preach the gospel.” Those that are called are not called to settle in a place and do nothing. They are called to go. Some have ensconced themselves so firmly in their community that their response is, “I will go anywhere within fifty miles of my home. Isaiah’s response was,”Here am I; send me. Notice the wording here. “Send me.” No limitations are put upon God. The implication is, I will go where you send me. We are not called to sit with folded hands Sunday after Sunday listening to the message of the pastor. We are called to go and “tell this people, Hear ye indeed but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.”
We are called to set aside family, occupation, and familiar things and go.
How about you? Will you go where the Lord sends you?