TODAY'S DAILY SCRIPTURE
July 10, 2023
Responding to God's Call: Here I am Lord!
This Bible verse always penetrates deep into my soul and brings me to my knees.
The passage from Isaiah 6:8 captures a profound moment when the prophet Isaiah hears the voice of the Lord asking, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" In response, Isaiah humbly declares, "Here am I. Send me!" This verse holds significance not only in biblical times but continues to resonate today, calling us to reflect on its timeless message. In this blog post, we will explore how this verse applied in biblical times and how it can be relevant to us today.
What was Isaiah's Response?
Isaiah's immediate and unwavering response to God's call exemplifies his faith and readiness to serve. His humble acknowledgment of God's authority and his willingness to be sent on a divine mission inspire us to examine our own response when faced with God's calling. Isaiah's example encourages us to be open, attentive, and responsive to the voice of God, ready to step forward and offer ourselves for His purposes.
Throughout the Bible, we encounter numerous individuals who responded to God's call with a similar conviction as Isaiah. Abraham left his homeland to become the father of a great nation (Genesis 12:1-4). Moses confronted Pharaoh to lead the Israelites out of slavery (Exodus 3:10). The prophet Jeremiah accepted his prophetic commission despite his initial doubts (Jeremiah 1:4-10). These accounts remind us that answering God's call often involves stepping out of our comfort zones, trusting His guidance, and relying on His strength.
While the historical accounts in the Bible are awe-inspiring, the call of God is not limited to the distant past. In our modern context, God continues to call people to various forms of service and mission. Just as in biblical times, He seeks individuals who are willing to say, "Here am I. Send me!" Today, this call may manifest in different ways—missionary work, community service, mentoring, or advocating for justice. It may involve responding to the needs of our families, friends, or even strangers. The key is to listen attentively, discern the call, and courageously respond with obedience.
Challenges and Encouragements
Answering God's call is not without challenges. Doubts, fears, and a sense of inadequacy may arise within us. However, we find encouragement in the stories of biblical figures who faced similar struggles. God equips those He calls, providing the necessary strength, wisdom, and guidance to fulfill His purposes. Moreover, we can find support within a community of faith, where we can share our experiences, seek advice, and be uplifted by others who have answered the call.
Isaiah 6:8 stands as an enduring reminder of our responsibility to respond to God's call with humility, courage, and a willingness to be sent. Whether in biblical times or the present day, God continues to seek willing hearts to join Him in His redemptive work. By embracing the example set by Isaiah and other faithful servants, we can discover the fulfillment, purpose, and joy that comes from aligning our lives with God's calling. May we all be inspired to say, "Here am I. Send me!" in whatever way God calls us today.
-Ronald A Fahrenholz II www.anchoredingod.org (for free eBooks and Coloring pages)