Here we are Lord, send us
Eight hundred years before Christ, Isaiah was having an intense conversation. God had called him to “stand forth and hear the sordid history of the Jewish people.” It appears, according to heavenly wisdom, that animals knew their place in life but humans did not. (V. 3-4).
God’s message to Isaiah was, “Why should He continue to punish these people because they just rebel and revolt even more.” God’s personal report is that the people are “Sick in the head.” Israel’s health was severely demented and further punishment would simply cause the people to rebel more. The people cared nothing about healing their spiritual ailment. At the moment, the whole country was desolate and the people could not see how to reverse their situation. Although the solution was rather simple, it was not what the people would ever consider doing.
Hundreds of years before Isaiah, the nation agreed to make a covenant with God; he would be their protector and they would worship and praise him. All those promises went by the wayside as sin became easier to do than keeping faithful. Temple worship was no longer applicable, consequently their concerns were not being heard by God — V.15.
In Chapter 5, there is an answer but before that can happen, someone has to speak to the people. This preaching happens in 6:8: Isaiah offers to do the preaching. The result of Isaiah’s ministry did not save the nation but many individuals came back to their promise to be faithful. Isaiah’s people fell in 722 B.C. But the southern part of Israel survived until 586, when it fell too.
How is it that God only called Isaiah to this conversation? It is pretty simple, really. He was the only one in tune with the creator: the only one to say, here God, send me.
“Let me have some responsibility in bringing this message to them.” What do you think the percentage of worldly Isaiah’s are today?
Praise God that there are still many who speak for the Savior. But in these times, it may be that America, like Israel, are bound for destruction. Can a nation so blessed by God continue to be disobedient and unrepentive? Can we keep rejecting his call to come back to him in prayer, praise and adoration? Think about that when the next spiritual thought comes around.