Master Thou Callest . . .
Master Thou Callest . . .
"I heard the voice of the Lord saying:
'Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?'"
"Then I said, 'Here am I! Send me.'"
--Isaiah 6:8 (NKJV)
Today's complete text, Isaiah 6:1-13, is one of the Bible's most descriptive first-person accounts of a man's meeting with the Divine.
By any measure, Isaiah was a godly man, but also brave and brilliant. Yet in the presence of the Creator, at the sight of The King sitting on heaven's throne, Holy God running the universe with his feet propped up on a footstool, Isaiah was more aware than ever of his sin and unclean heart.
"Woe is me, for I am undone!" (v. 5a)
"A glimpse of heavenly glory is enough to convince us that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags," reads the Matthew Henry Commentary. "Nor is there a man who would dare to speak to the Lord, if he saw the justice, holiness, and majesty of God, without discerning his glorious mercy and grace in Jesus Christ."
Hot coal to Isaiah's lips purified him within and lit in him a fire. He was a man of unclean lips and heart until "the Lord of hosts" took away Isaiah's iniquity at his humble request. With his new heart, Isaiah answered when the Master called, "Send me."
From the Enduring Word Commentary: "What created this kind of heart in Isaiah? First, he had a heart that had been in the presence of God. He had a heart that knew its own sinfulness. He had a heart that knew the need among the people, the need for God's word. He had a heart that had been touched by God's cleansing fire. And he had a heart that heard God's heart to reach the nations."
Remember that most of us will likely not have the same vision as Isaiah did. But that doesn't mean we aren't each called. "Don't expect God to force or plead with you,"Chambers reminds us. "Jesus called disciples without irresistible pressure from the outside."
God will suit you for the task to which he calls you. Don't dwell on what you feel you might be suited for. God the divine has made the eagle and the ant, the oceans and the hills . . . and you. Don't underestimate what He can do with you. You'll be surprised. He won't be.
"Master, Thou callest, I gladly obey;
only direct me, and I'll find Thy way.
Teach me the mission appointed for me,
what is my labor, and where it shall be.
Master, Thou callest, and this I reply,
'Ready and willing, Lord, here am I.'"
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Scripture is taken from THE NEW KING JAMES VERSION, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All Rights Reserved.
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