“Willingness Without Hesitation”
By Zach Wood
Isaiah 6:6-8 NIV
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 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!”
Last week I shared about Isaiah’s experience coming into the very presence of God and how reacted to that encounter. That was the first part of what happened and this week, I would like to continue with what happened after that. Not only did Isaiah become completely humbled and realize how unclean he was in the presence of Almighty God, but what happened next is even better.
After Isaiah realized and confessed how wretched he was before a Holy God, his sin was atoned for and he was forgiven. That is so cool that he was forgiven and became clean before God. And then, what happens next is astounding when God asks him, “Whom shall I sent? And who will go for us?”
How does Isaiah respond to this? He says what every single one of us should always say without hesitation when God asks us and calls us to do something. Isaiah says, “Here am I. Send me!” Isn’t that incredible? Isaiah doesn’t seem to hesitate in his response, at least from what we see here. Many of us, if not most, would most likely give excuses back to God.
“I don’t know God, let me think a day or two on this and I’ll get back to you!”
“Why don’t you pick someone else who is better qualified to take this on?”
“I got a lot going on right now, God. Maybe in the next week or month?”
We seem to always make excuses when God calls us to do something, especially something that makes us uncomfortable. I heard a phrase many years ago and I don’t recall who I heard it from, but I remember hearing someone in ministry say, “Our response to God should always be ‘First God, my answer is yes. Second, where do You want me to go and what do You want me to do?”
Could you imagine how life would be if we all told God that? Wow! I can only imagine how much more adventurous our lives would become if we would just completely surrender everything to God and hold nothing back and tell God, like Isaiah did, that we will go and do. If we would only be willing to go and do whatever God leads us to. Life would be so different!
My hope and prayer is that we all consider our willingness to say yes to God no matter where He leads.