Here Am I, Send Me! – Isaiah 6

Isaiah 6

The Bible teaches about many prophets. Men and women anointed to be used by God in awesome ways. But far from enjoying peaceful, easy living, God’s prophets were often despised, persecuted, and imprisoned. And the messages they brought, hated and disregarded. Many suffered tragic, violent deaths. Yet they still stayed true to revealing God’s messages. Why? Because of divine encounters with the Lord. Encounters that transformed both their hearts and their lives.

This was the case with one the greatest prophets, Isaiah. When God was looking for someone to deliver a message to Israel He said, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” (vs. Isaiah 6:8) Isaiah stepped right up saying, “Here am I. Send me!” (v. 6:8) Why was Isaiah so eager to serve God? Because he experienced his own life changing encounter with the Lord. The same year the king of Judah, Uzziah, passed away, Isaiah received a prophetic vision from God. One in which He saw the Lord in all of His great majesty and glory sitting upon His throne.

Overwhelmed by the awe inspiring majestic holiness of God, Isaiah is filled with despair over the filthiness of his own life in comparison. He cries out, “Woe is me, for I am ruined. Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” (vs. 6:5) In response, God sends a seraphim to place a burning coal on the lips of Isaiah allowing his iniquity to be taken away and his sin forgiven. (vs. 6:7) That encounter with the Lord, left Isaiah transformed, cleansed, and ready for service. Filled with joy and humility, Isaiah eagerly volunteered for God’s mission.

Have you ever washed a window to crystal clear perfection only to find it full of streaks when the rays of the sun shined upon it? That’s how it is with us. No matter how hard we try, or how clean we think our lives are, they are filthy streaky, windows compared to the perfect goodness of God. But because of His boundless love, just like He did for Isaiah, God provides a way for our iniquity to be taken away and our sin forgiven. That way is Jesus Christ.

Through His work on the Cross and the shedding of His precious blood, the minute we receive Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit goes to work. First He humbles and convicts us about the filthiness of our lives. Then He begins the work of transforming and cleansing us, so we too can be used by God. And after our life changing encounter with the Lord, we, like the prophets before us, will be eager to obey God’s calling. Like Isaiah, we too will say to God, “Here am I. send Me!”

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