“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)
Which of us has not thrilled to this fantastic vision Isaiah beheld? Which of us has not desired to experience the glory of the Lord’s presence in our worship? Well, Isaiah for one was not thrilled by the “experience” of true worship. Face to face with the Lord Almighty, he was terrified. He was scared to death! He knew he was a sinner, unclean, unfit to be in God’s presence. Compared to the Lord, He was no better than his faithless and idolatrous countrymen. Yet here he saw the Lord exalted, holy righteous, omnipotent. The Lord was not subject to the vain manipulations Isaiah’s countrymen used to try to win Him over and appear righteous. They performed their fraudulent rites, rituals and sacrifices perfectly yet their hearts were faithless, sinful and self-centered. Isaiah was terrified because he knew that the Lord sees the innermost being of every man. No one can hide from Him.
But the Lord had chosen Isaiah. He cleansed him so he would be fit to be commissioned as prophet. His mission was to proclaim judgment on Judah for her wickedness. The message would not be easy to deliver for it would be quite unpopular. Even today, in the eyes of today’s success-oriented world, it would be a failure. There would be no mass conversions, no earth-shaking revival. The majority of the people would harden their hearts. Yet out of his preaching would come a small number of faithful, the remnant from which would spring, in time, the Messiah King. Isaiah accepts the call despite what it would cost him. In God’s Kingdom faithfulness to God’s calling is of the highest importance.