Isaiah had been through a life-changing experience! It was his time to serve in the temple and God was there! I get the impression that this was not the usual experience when a priest served in the temple I imagine that it was usually quiet and relatively uneventful, but this time God in his presence and power was clearly there. His presence filled the place and even the doorposts (the strongest part of the building’s construction) shook with this reality. Heavenly beings flew about proclaiming God’s holiness.
Isaiah was terrified.
Jump to the end. After dealing with that which served as a barrier between Isaiah and God, the unclean lips, God issued a challenge, an invitation. He asked, “Who will I send and who will go for us?”
Isaiah was the only person in the room. God made this request asking for anyone in the room to respond. He looks to the left and slowly to the right. Who will respond? Did Isaiah think, “Well, I’m the only one here so I guess I’d better volunteer.” Or did he think, “Oh, please pick me!”
I think Isaiah thought, “if God values me, has cleaned me, and wants to use me, then he can use me in a unique way. I’m in!”
How do you encounter God? Do you encounter him in corporate worship? Private worship? As you pray, read the Bible, share your faith story? Do you avail yourself to times of retreat when you focus on being with God? Intentionally investing in your encounter with God keeps the divine relationship rich and growing.
Again, let’s jump to the end. When we encounter God, he challenges us to respond. He calls us to action. He asks for an obedient response that is custom designed for us.
Questions for Reflection and Action:
- What are you doing that opens your heart to encounter God regularly?
- How do you interact with God daily?
- How has he uniquely created you to do his bidding?
- How do you need to say to God, ”Here am I, use me!”?
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