6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Listen carefully, this has touched your lips; your wickedness [your sin, your injustice, your wrongdoing] is taken away and your sin atoned for and forgiven.” 8 Then 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!”
This is the record of Isaiah’s call. Isaiah had heard all of his life that anyone who has a direct encounter with God does not survive. Filled with fear about his own spiritual condition, God takes care of things by taking away his sin and his guilt. God prepared Isaiah to lead his people into the same spiritual freedom which he has experienced. When the question comes, “Who shall go?”, the answer was obvious; the same man who just experienced the same freedom he will proclaim. “God doesn’t always call the qualified but He does qualify the called” (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for somewhere in the world that needs God’s attention. Flick to a news app or website, and pick a news story to pray for.