Not Me! (Isaiah 5-6)

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 6:8)

Life with a one-year-old certainly presents some interesting learning situations.  Right now we’re working on teaching Madelyn to eat whatever is given to her.  She has a special gift of evading a spoon full of food that she doesn’t want to eat, and somehow she always knows which spoons carry the good food and which spoons carry the vegetables!  Lately, she has started pushing the spoon away with her hands.  She’s not forceful, per se, but she makes it clear that she’s not interested in whatever it is that we want to give her.

Sometimes I find my relationship with God to be similar to that.  It’s almost as if I believe that God is giving me a spoonful of something I think I don’t want, so I try to evade it or push it away so I don’t have to eat it.  Just as with my daughter Madelyn, though, the things God is trying to give me are good for me.  The truth is, they’re what’s best for me as He seeks to mold and shape me into the likeness of Christ.

Isaiah’s willingness to welcome God’s plans for him was remarkable.  I want to be willing to do the same.  When God asks, “who will go?” I want to be like Isaiah and respond, “Here am I.  Send me!”  Are you willing to respond as Isaiah did?

Father, I ask that You would help me to be excitedly willing to do whatever is it that You ask me to do.  Keep me from making excuses or pushing You away, but let me respond as Isaiah did, with “Here am I.  Send me!”  In that moment, help me to trust You that You have my best interests in mind, and let me follow You with joy.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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