“And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.'” Isaiah 6:8
I love to read the words God gives to us through Isaiah. Chapter six always jumps out at me and grabs my attention because of Isaiah’s quick and bold response in verse eight. It makes me think about what caused this rapid, positive answer. Also, what would it take for you and me to consistently have a similar response to the commands of God?
The reasons for us seeing a willing Isaiah are found in the preceding seven verses. First, Isaiah saw God for who He is. He saw the Lord seated on a throne being worshipped by angelic beings. They were singing of His holiness. He saw God high and lifted up. God was established in such splendor and glory that there was no mistaking just how powerful and holy this God was.
Secondly, the absolute holiness of God brought Isaiah to the point of noticing himself for who he was. He saw a sinful man who could not exist in the presence of the holiness of God. His companions and surroundings did not fit with what he was observing. The brightness of the throne room revealed just how drab and dirty Isaiah’s world was.
Then finally, he experienced complete forgiveness. His sin was taken away. It was out of this sense of joy, and even relief, that Isaiah volunteered to do whatever was asked of him. It is not until after he volunteers that he receives the instructions for the task he was being called to do.
If we would daily recognize these same three things, perhaps our lives would be more fully devoted to God. When we acknowledge our unworthiness to even gaze upon the holiness of God, and realize He paid the price to take away our sin, our response to serve Him should come just as quickly and boldly as Isaiah’s did.
I pray that God would give you and me the courage and boldness to always serve Him faithfully.