Then I heard the voice of the Lord asking: Who will I send? Who will go for us? I said: Here I am. Send me.
Overwhelmed by His Glory
Has a stark reality ever challenged you to your core? If not, it will. Life happens! In today’s text, we find Isaiah caught up in one of those hard situations. Likely, he was in the temple worshipping when God conveyed an overwhelming vision to him.
How do we know it was overwhelming? Because in Isaiah 6:5, Isaiah claimed he was ruined (or a “dead man”). He had just beheld God’s glory. God is not just holy; He is holy, holy, holy. In response, Isaiah lamented the fact that he was a sinful, corrupt man standing before the holy One of Israel. It was devastating.
No Longer Condemned
Yet, based on the next event, God did not see Isaiah the same way. Isaiah felt terror, but God imparted grace. By sending an angel to touch Isaiah’s lips with a coal from the altar in heaven, God granted him atonement. God’s act transitioned Isaiah from condemned to redeemed. Freedom from guilt washed over the prophet, changing his entire perspective.
There is more to this story. God had a message for Isaiah to deliver to His people Israel. In verse 8, God asked, “Who should I send? Who will go for us?” Previously, Isaiah fixated on his sin condition. Now, with a new heart, he recognized that God’s call was a personal call to him. Isaiah accepted the mission immediately and responded, “Here I am. Send me.”
Same Call, Same God
As believers, we share the same call from the same holy God. As we encounter those around us who need the gospel, God asks, “Who should I send? Who will go for me?” Our dilemma is simply this: Are we willing to do this? How will we respond?
If our sin debilitates us, we will never respond positively. Conversely, if we allow God’s conviction to penetrate our hearts so that we repent and accept Jesus’ offer of mercy, He empowers us to stand up boldly as Isaiah did and say, “Here I am. Send me.”
Take a moment to consider the call that our Creator has made on your life. Have you accepted it? If so, reflect on the things in your life that may be hindering you from being able to say, “Here am I. Send me.” Ask God for the strength to let those idols go. Thank Him for the opportunity and blessing you have to share the hope of His gospel with others.