Food for ThoughtIsaiah 6:8 Here I Am
Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

Isaiah 6:8 New King James Version

8. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Have you ever uttered this prayer to God expressing your deep desire to be used of Him? You were probably very sincere and meant every word of it at the time.  In a moment of passion, you cried out wanting only to serve God.  The issue came later when you discovered that it wasn’t what you thought.  Join the club. There seems to be a normal trail of disappointment and frustration as those called into the Kingdom of God, realize that praying such a prayer does not always bring immediate results.  There is the matter of being prepared for the call.

This verse appears exciting and demands immediate attention. “Here I am” says the writer, “Send me”. Applause! Applause! It sounds like this request will be answered immediately and in a moment we will be off on our new adventure.  We can’t see that we are not ready.  

God asks, “Who will I send”? There is nothing in His question that suggests an urgency.  He asks a question and the prophet answers. That’s all that happens in this verse.

At the beginning of our Spiritual walk,  we can be hindered by unhealed emotions, sin and immaturity. But as these areas are freed up and healed, God can place Himself and His desires into those areas. What we fail to understand is that there is usually a time of waiting on the Lord before the actual assignment begins.  Being anointed does not mean we have the character to carry us in ministry, and we will fail   The time of waiting, after our response to God, is a time of purging and healing, filled with many tears.  God prepares us in whatever way necessary so that we have the strength, and wisdom in our new position.

There are many doubts and struggles in this period and we feel as if we are groping in the darkness.  But the more we are healed, the more the light of God’s presence can shine through us and bring light into the dark and hidden places.   

When God sends anyone out into ministry,  He does a thorough job of preparing us before sending us out  If we go out broken and full of ourselves we will only damage others along the way, but if we allow God to heal and grow us in Him and allow Him to do things His way,  we will be victorious in our mission.

Challenge:  Spend time before the Lord. Allow Him to grow and mature you. Surrender to God and be honest with Him.

God bless


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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.