‘Here am I. Send Me!’
Isaiah writes, ‘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!” He said, “Go…!”’ (vv. 8-9 NIV). Before God asked ‘Whom shall I send?’, Isaiah was despairing that he wasn’t good enough and would be destroyed. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips’ (Isaiah 6:5 NIV). But in God’s kingdom, calling is the most important thing, not how good or how trained we are. If we’re willing to go when God gives us the green light, He’ll do more through us than we could ever imagine. Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Esther, Moses, Samuel, David, and Isaiah all have one thing in common. They all said, ‘Here am I.’ We can end up spending so much time and energy trying to figure out how to get to where God wants us to go or decide what He wants us to do, when all we have to do is simply say, ‘Here am I’. We don’t have to figure it all out ourselves, we just have to be available for God to use. It’s God’s job to get us to where He wants us to go; our job is to make ourselves available. Sometimes it’s a simple prompting to go out of our way and love our next-door neighbour. Sometimes it’s a calling to move halfway around the world. But it always starts with the little three-word prayer of availability: ‘Here am I’. That’s what Moses said at the burning bush. That’s what Caleb said when he finally set foot in the Promised Land. And that’s what God wants us to say today.
Are you prepared to make yourself available to God? Today, decide to lay down your fears and say ‘Here am I’.