Advent Devotional – Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – You’re Being Called!
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3And they were calling to one another; “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5”Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
6Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the alter. 7With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8Then 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!” 9He said, “Go and tell this people: “Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’10Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
11Then I said, “For how long, Lord?” And he answered:
“Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, 12until the Lord has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken. 13And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.” – Isaiah 6:1-13
Isaiah‘s call came in the year that King Uzziah tragically died after reigning for 52 years. Understandably, this event could cause people to be discouraged or worried because the great leader of Judah was no longer on the throne. Yet remarkably, God shows Isaiah that He is sitting on the throne in heaven and in charge of all creation! It was if God was saying, ―Don‘t worry about it Isaiah. Uzziah may not be on his throne, but I am on My majestic throne.‖
In the presence of the Lord on his exalted throne, Isaiah watched the angels praise, worship, and honor God and declare to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory. Surprisingly, this amazing experience of the throne of God did not cause Isaiah to be joyful. In fact, the more clearly he saw the Lord, the more clearly he saw how bad of shape he was in. He felt guilty of his sin and was convicted to cry ―I am ruined; I am a man of unclean lips‖. Our merciful and wise God then sent a seraphim with a hot coal to be placed on Isaiah‘s lips to remove his wickedness.
After Isaiah was cleansed from guilt, the Lord said: Who should I send? Who will go for us?
Without hesitation, Isaiah responds: Here I am. Send me!
Do you realize that you are being called? God does not force any of us to seek him, to ask for forgiveness, or to serve him. He simply calls for volunteers. Pray to God for the kind of heart that gladly submits to His will. Isaiah certainly wasn‘t called for an easy mission. Yet like Isaiah, may you be quick to respond when God asks you to go.
Dear Lord, I recognize my sinfulness and I ask for your forgiveness. God, please help me surrender to your will. I want to respond to your call without hesitation. I ask that you prepare my mind, heart, and soul to serve you. I am eager to say: “Here I am. Send me.” Amen.