“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 was a young man of the upper class, highly respected, so he had access to the King’s court. Then the godly King Uzziah died and suddenly his country’s future was uncertain. One day the Lord caught him up in a vision of His throne room.
Isaiah was terrified as he realized that he no longer stood before his earthly king, but rather the King of Kings! God sent an angel to reassure him that he was safe. God never spoke directly to Isaiah, all He did was ask the question in the scripture above. God’s heart was for His people who were lost and astray without a godly leader. He was testing Isaiah’s heart and commitment to His cause: the salvation of His people.
Isaiah showed his heart as he broke into tears. He felt God’s longing for the Hebrew people. He showed his commitment as he volunteered to change his entire life to fulfill God’s will on the earth.
What can we learn from Isaiah about how to do God’s work on this earth?
First, Isaiah realized it’s not his agenda but God’s. He laid down his ambitions, desires, and career track to take on God’s burden for His people and become His spokesman. What have you given up to do God’s work? Have you left your comfort zone to step out and bring the Gospel to the lost?
Next, Isaiah’s heart broke for what broke God’s heart, the lost people. Have you fasted and prayed for the lost of your community? Have you grieved for the sins of mankind?
Finally, Isaiah stepped out as a Prophet of God, not in his own strength but in the strength of the calling from God. He knew that nothing is impossible with God but also, nothing is possible without God. Are you reaching out to Jesus daily for strength to do His will, or are you trying to do His will by your own human strength?
Many years ago, I felt God’s call to go to China. Part of our short-term mission would be to smuggle in as many Bibles as we could. The underground Chinese church was growing rapidly and in desperate need of Bibles. At the time I had four young children at home. I knew God was calling me to go, but I had to think about the consequences of getting caught and thrown into a Chinese prison. It was frightening to think I might never see my family again.
I realized, like Isaiah, I had to lay down my agenda and take up His. I had to trust Him with whatever consequences came from my decision. My heart broke for the people of China who had no chance to hear or read the Word of God. Finally I went, relying on God for my strength. I smuggled Bibles into communist China. God protected me, and I came home rejoicing.
Now, what will you do? Take a look at your daily agenda and offer it up to God for Him to use. Pray as if your heart will break for the lost in your community. Move out into ministry relying on His strength, not your own because, “It’s not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord (Zechariah 4:6).
~ Dee Ouellette