Daily Devotions

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘whom shall I send and who will go for us?’ and I said, ‘here I am, send me!’” Isaiah 6:8—Elaine Riegle

 

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘whom shall I send and who will go for us?’ and I said, ‘here I am, send me!’” Isaiah 6:8—Elaine Riegle

· Isaiah headed to the Temple to pray, to worship, to seek God

· God’s glory and presence were revealed to Isaiah in the Temple. So overwhelming is the presence and the glory of God that Isaiah says only the “hem” of God’s robe filled the Temple!

· Isaiah’s first response to the revelation was confession, “I am lost, I am a man with unclean lips...” In the presence of God Isaiah was aware of his fault and failings.

· God’s response to Isaiah’s confession was immediate. God forgave and made his lips clean. Who says there is no grace in the Old Testament?

· Then God asks the question, “Who will go?”

· The forgiven Isaiah volunteers when a moment before he has said, “I am lost!” Now he shouts, “Send me!”

· We seek the Lord in prayer, in worship, in silence, in meditation, in Bible study, in forest walks, in the community of believers.

· God promises to be found however it is that we seek for God. God is revealed in burning bushes, Temple experiences, in a song, in the silence, at the moments of our need, when we are at our highest and lowest.

· In God’s presence we realize our sinfulness, we repent, we turn to God hopefully and as faithfully as we are able.

· God calls us. God offers us a purpose and a mission. That is, to serve the Lord’s mission to this broken world.

· What is our answer? Is it “Send me?” Do we raise our hand, by faith and say, “Here I am! Send me, use me”?

God is an awesome—revealing—comforting presence which opens us up to a new direction and to a new life with a holy purpose. Will we jump up and go?

Pastor Roy Christell

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