Daily Devotional 8-8-19

SEND ME By Julie White  

“Then I heard the Lord asking, ‘Whom shall I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?’ I said, ‘Here I am.  Send me.’” Isaiah 6:8
Trees and prophets share at least one important characteristic: both are planted for the future. Yet seedlings are easily overlooked and prophets are often ignored. The prophet Isaiah may be one of the best examples of this. The people of his time could have been rescued by his words. Instead, they refused to believe him and, because of their choice, they refused to believe God.
Isaiah was active as a prophet during the reigns of five kings, but he didn’t set out to be a prophet. Up until the death of King Uzziah, Isaiah was established as a scribe in the royal palace in Jerusalem. It was a respectable career, but God had other plans for His servant.
Isaiah had an encounter with God that permanently affected his character. He had a vision of God that was unforgettable. Isaiah’s account of God’s call motivated the prophet for the next half-century. The more clearly Isaiah saw God, the more Isaiah became aware of his own powerlessness and inadequacy to do anything of lasting value without God in his life. God did not encourage him with predictions of great success. In fact, God told Isaiah that people would not listen to him. But, God also told Isaiah that he was to speak and write his messages anyway because, eventually, some would listen.
You and I are part of that future that God told Isaiah about – the some who would listen. Those, who stay close to God through Scripture reading and prayer, can see that many of the promises that God gave through Isaiah have been fulfilled in Christ. We also can have the hope of knowing that God is active in all of history, including our own.
Isaiah was willing to be God’s spokesperson. He reflected the God he represented. In the future when God calls on us, I pray that we too will say, “Send me!” and that our reflection of Him will rescue people and give someone else hope in a better future with Him at the center.
PRAYER: Lord, may our personal commitment always be to you first. I want to be a willing servant of Your court, a servant to The King of Kings. Here I am, Lord. Send me!