21 Days Fast & Pray - Day 15 : Our World
A. Devotion - Isaiah 6:8-9
When Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord saying "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" Isaiah's response was one that was willing and ready. However, if you read a few verses before this, you will see that Isaiah called himself "a man of unclean lips" and he thought he was "ruined" because he had seen the Lord. What happens next is ultimately unusual as the verse goes to say that "one of the seraphim flew to me (Isaiah) with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; our guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for," and right after that is the verse we are reading today.
Often, when we listen to our pastors on stage telling us to go and share the gospel, we feel as if we were the last person on earth to be chosen to share the gospel truth. Like Isaiah, we see our own flaws and shortcomings and think that others would do a better job at doing His work than us. However, that is not how God sees us. He knows that none of us are perfect. In fact it says in Romans 3:23, "all have fallen short of the glory of God" and the point is not to achieve personal perfection in certain areas of our lives but to be fully dependent on Him. Jesus is the very "coal" who takes away our guilt and atones for our sins. When God asked "Who will go for us?" it was not because He was not able enough or mighty enough to do it Himself. It was a more personal question for Isaiah, whether he wanted to share with others about this God who cleanses you and makes you whole again. That's the fruit of realising what God has done for you. The natural human response after being saved is to want to go and share with others about our salvation. that is how Isaiah can respond, "Here am I. Send me!"
B. Application /Self-reflection
- What is your heart's response today?
- Where do you think God is asking you to go?