Will You Answer the Call?
Some of you are old enough to know life without cell phones and caller ID. When the telephone rang and you got ready to pick up the receiver…attached to a cord…you had no way of knowing who was on the other end. Today, before you answer your cell phone you know who it is and can decide whether or not you want to answer the call. We all have people that we just let go to voicemail. We have a call that is answered in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah is a magnificent book of the bible. It contains poetic and prophetic language that many believe is unsurpassed in any other section of the scripture.
Isaiah was a prophet of God who lived during the days of the kings of Judah. His message from God is one of judgment and we see this in the first five chapters of the book. Then in chapter 6, we step back a little and Isaiah gives us a glimpse of his call to be a prophet. He sees a vision of God and angels and then he hears the voice of God saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Immediately Isaiah answers, “Here am I, send me”. I’m not sure what Isaiah knew about his job description before he so enthusiastically signed up. I assume that he didn’t know much about it. The words he hears from God after he signs up are words of judgment…Isaiah’s message was a difficult one to deliver. But what impresses me is how quickly Isaiah answers the call. Let’s ask ourselves the question, “Are we quick to answer God’s call?” When God speaks to us to do something, to go somewhere, to tell someone something, to go be with someone, are we quick to say, “Here am I, send me”. I hope that we are as quick as Isaiah. Let me encourage you to never let God go to voicemail….answer the call and answer it quickly.