Read Isaiah 4-6
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"Isaiah 6:8
Anyone reading the first few chapters of Isaiah's book might be inclined to ask, "What right does this man have to pronounce judgment on the leaders of the land and the many worshipers in the temple?" The answer is found in chapter 6: Isaiah's account of his call to ministry. Before he announced any "woes" on others, he first confessed his own sin and said, "Woe is me!" He saw the Holy One of Israel, and he could not keep silent.
The sight of a holy God, and the sound of the holy hymn of worship, brought great conviction to Isaiah's heart; and he confessed that he was a sinner. Unclean lips are caused by an unclean heart (see Matt. 12:34-35). Isaiah cried out to be cleansed inwardly, and God met his need. If this scene had been on earth, the coals would have come from the brazen alter where the sacrificial blood had been shed, or perhaps from the censer of the high priest on the Day of Atonement (see Lev. 16:12). Isaiah's cleansing came by blood and fire, and it was verified by the Word of the Lord.
Before we can minister to others, we must permit God to minister to us. Before we pronounce "woe" upon others, we must sincerely say, "Woe is me!" Isaiah's conviction led to confession, and confession led to cleansing (see 1 John 1:9).
"Go and tell" is still God's command to His people. He is waiting for us to reply, "Here am I; send me!"
Applying God's Truth:
- Do you think today's servants of God are "called" as clearly as Isaiah was? If not, how can they be as sure as Isaiah was that they are doing God's will?
- Do you feel fully equipped and qualified to "go" wherever God sends you? If not, what would need to be done first?
- Aside from feeling qualified, are you willing to say, "Here am I. Send me!"? Explain.
Devotions for Comfort and Hope ©2005 by Dr. Warren Wiersbe. Used by permission of David C Cook. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.