Transition – Part 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 NIV)
King Uzziah has died, and Isaiah is facing a huge transition in his life and in the life of the nation. He has a spiritual experience with God, goes through a time of breaking in his presence, and is then assured that his sin is atoned for. Then, out of nowhere, God says, “Whom shall I send? And who will for us?” It goes to show that whatever God is going to do on earth, he’s going to invariably do through his people.
Just think of it: God has all power, yet he asks, "Whom can I send?" He wants a message to go out. You may say, “Then write it in the sky, Lord!” And he would answer, “I don’t do it that way. I’ve got to find someone who will speak in my name; I’ve got to find someone who will love in my name; I’ve got to find someone who will pray mighty prayers; I’ve got to find someone who will represent me in the world.”
Judging from church history and life itself, we can see that many people want the blessing of God, but few get to the place where they say what Isaiah said: “What? You need someone to go, Lord? I just saw myself for what I am in your presence: I’m undone; but since you cleansed me, I may as well go all the way. Could you use me?” What faith! The man was just broken, and couldn’t bear to look at himself because he had seen himself for what he was in God’s presence; yet he said, “Here am I; send me.”
Today, we need more of the Holy Spirit. We need revival; we need better preaching from the pulpit; we need more boldness; we need Christians to share the gospel in a more compelling way, so that the hearers will turn to the Lord and get on fire for Christ. You may say, “But that’s not my temperament.” God won’t change our personalities, but he can give us boldness, love—whatever we need. He’s just looking for people who will open themselves to him, just as Isaiah did. When you and I experience God in a new way, we’re going to have all we need.
God knows our weaknesses, how we’ve lived, our education, our lack of education, our skills, our lack of skills. Why don’t we just rededicate our lives to God and say, “Come, Holy Spirit! Give me a fresh revelation of who God is, of who Jesus is; and then break me, equip me, do whatever you have to do, Lord, but fulfill your calling in my life in this time of uncertainty in the world.”
This is where the battle is fought. These are the trenches. God is preparing an army. “Whom can I send? Who will go for us?” That’s what he said back then. He’s still saying it now. Let’s answer, “Lord, here we are! Use us! Send us to the mission field! Empower us with your Holy Spirit! Come and put your words in our mouths and love in our hearts! Open our eyes that we might see the world as you see it!” The Lord longs to do all that and more for his people today!
Read Isaiah 6:8-13.