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 NABRE
The scripture provides a scene that is the Lord calling Isaiah. The book of Isaiah is one that is quoted most in the Christian Scriptures, it is the one that most announces the coming of Jesus Christ. This is an unusual call because it has a scene where God is sitting on His throne surrounded by angelic beings who are attendants. Isaiah seeing the image feels unworthy of being in the presence of such glory and he proclaims he is unclean and lost. God who welcomes our confession and acknowledgement of unworthiness has an angel use a burning ember from the altar to touch Isaiah’s lips and make him clean, “now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.” (Isaiah 6:7) Immediately God speaks and asks who He should send, who will go and speak to the people. Isaiah speaks up, “Here am I, Send me!” The prophet is ready to carry out the mission of God, he wants to please God but also wants to be an aid to his nation. Being made pure he loves God and loves others. This call of Isaiah gives a vision of God in heaven, sitting on a throne like the kings of the earth. It is an image that Isaiah would recognize and understand. It is an image that holds God in all glory.
We too are called to serve the mission of God. We too are unworthy and have unclean lips. It is unlikely an angel will come and touch an ember to our lips to make us clean, but if we acknowledge our unworthiness and seek purity from God, we will be made ready to walk in the name of the Lord. It is always good to be blessed by God before doing the work of God. Always ask for that blessing.
Do you pray before doing a work, particularly a work for God? How do you ask to be an instrument of God?If we acknowledge our unworthiness and seek purity from God, we will be made ready to walk in the name of the Lord. It is always good to be blessed by God before doing the work of God. Always ask for that blessing. Click To Tweet
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