Isaiah 6:1-8, “8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ” Whom shall I send, And who will go or Us?”Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Isaiah 6 is one of my favorite passages. In the early chapters of the book of Isaiah, we see him having a vision from the Lord concerning the wickedness of Judah. He goes into lengthy detail to address its condition based on the vision. He talks about the future house of God, the day of the Lord, judgment on Judah and Jerusalem, oppression, the renewal of Zion and then in chapter 6 we see dramatic experience that changes him forever.
Isaiah may have felt fine and comfortable until he had an experience with God, he says in vs. “1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; … 3 And one cried to another and said: ” Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;” The whole earth is full of His glory!”. In looking at the world, we have lost the fear of the Lord. This has crept even in the body of Christ. It is now easy to have a form of godliness but deny the power 2Timothy 3:5. Everything is normal, we come to church, we sing songs, we pray, we hear the word, we are involved in ministries, but have we had an experience that awakens us to HUNGER for more?How can we be hungry when we feel full with what we do on day to day. Isaiah had seen the state of his people, the question is, was he hungry enough for God to move in his life and use him to reach his people? Not until he had an experience that messed his comfort. When we see the Lord sitting on the throne, high and lifted up, His righteousness and justice as foundation of His throne Psalm 97:2, Psalm 89:14 and we see how Holy He is and we are convinced, “.. we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away”, Isaiah 64:6, then we will be ready for change. We need a hunger that drives us to change and that change will motivate us to be concerned for the lost sinners to reach them with the gospel. Reaching the lost is not reserved for certain people, it is for every believer. Those who act upon it are the ones who are hungry with passion and compassion.
In the state of our world today as Pastor John Piper preaches, “The glory of God is not honored, The holiness of God is not reverenced, The greatness of God is not admired, The power of God is not praised, The truth of God is not sought, The wisdom of God is not esteemed, The beauty of God is not treasured, The goodness of God is not savored, The faithfulness of God is not trusted, The promises of God are not relied upon, The commandments of God are not obeyed, The justice of God is not respected, The wrath of God is not feared, The grace of God is not cherished, The presence of God is not prized, The person of God is not loved”. Maythese words drive us to hunger for an Isaiah’s experience.
As a believer, having been saved, what experience in your life have you had that altered, challenged and awakened you to respond to the call of God? 5 years after I was saved, the thought of going to heaven consumed my mind. I felt secured and comfortable being saved. I did not want do anything more, after all I was already rescued from hell. It was not until I had my own Isaiah’s experience while praying that awakened me and put a hunger in me for more. The more I saw the glory of God, the righteousness of God, the holiness of God etc, the more I saw myself undone and the world I live in needed the gospel. I saw myself as one of the vessels to be used to bring them out of their own self righteousness to God’s righteousness. That they would have their own Isaiah’s experience that would alter their lives forever too. Romans 10:3, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God“. Without the righteousness of God, they will perish. to continue, blessings Ev