I Will Go
You have to love Isaiah. He was a prophet of prophets among men. His book is so inspiring. With vivid colors he paints the grim picture of a nation gone wrong and the eternal plea of the Father to turn the hearts of the people from idolatry. Isaiah is a man of deep faith, bold character and humble heart. His hearts is torn for the destruction of his people. Their refusal to turn back to the Lord fills the pages of his book. Trusting in pieces of wood and stone to deliver them is heartbreaking to the prophet. How can anyone compare the majesty of Jehovah God with the remains of a tree? Who can stand before the Creator who has a name for every star in the heavens? The Redeemer of Israel is pleading for His children to come home.
Turn the camera back a number of years before the son of Amoz was called to preach. The nation of Israel is a sinful nation, laden with iniquity and filled with evildoers. As a society of people, the children are corrupt. The fabric of the nation of Israel was to be the Lord God but they have forsaken true worship. Death lingers in the land as the nation falls into deeper immorality. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God for their wickedness and Israel has become just like them. Corruption is rampant. Murder is common, filthy lucre, drunkenness, evil politicians and lusts for fleshly pleasures fill the minds of the people of God. This is the world Isaiah is called to testify against.
In the year King Uzziah died, Isaiah received a vision from the Lord. It was a grand visage of the heavenly beings and the throne of God. Isaiah’s first response was his unworthiness to be approached by the Lord. Cleansed of his iniquity he heard a great voice cry out, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Stop the film for a moment. Think about what that question means. It is clear the Lord is asking someone to go and tell a nation of ungodly people how sinful they are. The words of condemnation will hang heavy upon the ears of the nation. That person will be unpopular, reviled, persecuted and ignored. His message will also be of hope. The grace of God will shower upon those who repent from their sins. Mercy will shower upon those hearts that are touched with the message of redemption. The task before you is to go into a place like Sodom and Gomorrah seeking to save souls. Will you do it? Will you volunteer?
Isaiah did not hesitate. He cried out, “Here am I. Send me.” Few words. Powerful words. A humble heart. Fire burned within him. He loved the Lord with all his heart and he loved his brethren. He had to speak. His words were filled with the fierce anger of the Lord in the first part of his book. It was in the latter part of his message that he opened up the portals of grace to give people hope. Isaiah understood the nature of God as being severe but filled with goodness. The key in this book is that Isaiah said, “Here am I.” We need to have that love for God and love for one another to volunteer our lives to serve the Lord God.
Our nation has gone the way of Israel. We need volunteers who will stand up for righteousness, purity and the word of God. The Lord is calling for His people to rise up and be the light of truth in our communities. Will we heed the call? Are we willing to go and proclaim the pure gospel of holiness in a dark world? Too many of God’s people are complaining about the present condition of our country will disgraceful words of ungodliness instead of filling their hearts with the spirit of Isaiah showing the salvation of God. The message of the Lord is two-fold: His severity over wickedness and His grace to save man. Let your light shine. Show the world that you are a servant of the most High God. Answer the call for the Lord to send you. Are your willing?
A lot of folk want the world to change but are unwilling to change themselves.