Back to the Altar — Empowered to Finish the Work

“Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me”(Isaiah 6:8).

Worshipers Go
Who is willing to go? That’s the question God asked Isaiah when he caught a life-altering vision of God. The moment was filled with amazing special effects. God was seated on a throne “high and lifted up” (Isaiah 6:1). His robe filled the temple as six-winged angels serenaded Him with a chorus of “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” (verse 2). As God began to speak, the doorposts of the temple began to shake and smoke filled the house. The whole episode so “undid” Isaiah that he cried, “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (verse 5). Can we blame him? Who can catch a glimpse of God and not be unmasked?

Isaiah was awed by the holiness and majesty of God, but God does not reveal Himself purely for our astonishment. God’s revelation
of Himself is usually followed by a request. This was the case, for instance, when He gave John a revelation of Jesus Christ while exiled
on the island of Patmos. John’s vision of the end of the world and the return of Christ was meant to be shared. Likewise, when God
revealed Himself to Isaiah, He was looking for a messenger willing to spread His message of love and warning. Isaiah’s answer was
one for the ages: “Here am I! Send me” (verse 8)