Here I Am. Send Me

Tim Savage

"Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?" I said, "Here I am. Send me." (Isaiah 6:8)
I'm always moved when I read about Isaiah saying, "Here I am. Send me." The Lord was looking for just the right person, probably hoping that Isaiah would rise up from the crowd, and even though Isaiah must have been intimidated, he humbly volunteered.

I think maybe that is what really strikes me, Isaiah's humility. The way his response is phrased, it gives the impression that God is looking over a crowd of people (angels? heavenly creatures?) and not directly at Isaiah. Isaiah knows that he is the right person to take the message back to Israel and humbly and quietly steps forward with a raised hand to volunteer.

It reminds me the Lord of the Rings series. Isaiah isn't portrayed here as a warrior on a big black horse who rides in with courage and confidence, he's more like Frodo, who understands that there is a terrible job to do and with no fanfare or celebration, he takes the ring to the mountain of doom and the lake of fire. "Here I am, send me," doesn't sound like the response of a president, leader or general, it sounds like the response from someone normal and frail, like us.

Who is willing to endure the hard and relentless work of taking the gospel to those who need to hear it here on earth? Any volunteers? Want to give up your comfortable, easy lives for a job that's never finished? By the way, some people will not like you for your message.
I guess Isaiah moves me because he seemed like a normal person, put in an extraordinary situation, while remaining quiet and humble in accepting a tough assignment. Serving in ministry is no different: sky-high peaks and abyss-low valleys, hard work, long hours, sometimes appreciated and sometimes forgotten. But like Frodo, we forge ahead, not for the lights, cameras and recognition, but because we are called by our creator and God to do a job.

I must be able to say to my Heavenly Father, "Here I am Lord. Send me."
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the many blessings that you give to my family, and me even though we are unworthy. I want to always have a quiet humility, like Isaiah, in serving You. I ask for strength and courage to complete my assignments.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Devotions for July 03

Isaiah 6,7
2 Chronicles 26,27

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