Those who have served in the military will understand this… They use the term “volunteer” differently than the general population! (Know what I mean?) Someone in high rank says, “Do I have any volunteers?” … and “volunteers” just seem to materialize miraculously and quickly.
I think Isaiah’s experience with the Lord (Isaiah 6) has some similarities with that situation…
Isaiah had just had a powerful (and I mean POWERFUL!) encounter with Someone of “rank.” (Did you notice that I capitalized “Someone”?) Here’s the account from the Bible…
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. ‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty!’” (Isaiah 6:1–5 NIV)
Can you imagine having an experience like that with the Living God, Jehovah Himself, in all his holiness, splendor, and power – an experience that was visual, auditory and even felt physically? A couple of feeble words come to mind – sometimes overworked, but appropriate… Wow!! Awesome!!
Then think about what comes next in the passage…“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And Isaiah replied, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (vs. 8)
You know what, given what happened to Isaiah, I think I would have been inclined to respond with “Here am I, send me!” I don’t know though… I’ve seen how some people respond to authority. Isaiah’s experience with Jehovah probably helped, but his heart had to be inclined to respond to the Lordship of God.
I just want to go on record as saying this… When God calls, I want to be ready with my strong affirmation – I want to say “Yes, here I am! Send me!” I really need and appreciate awesome experiences with God! I want them to influence me powerfully! But I also want to have a heart of love and devotion that’s ready to say “Yes!” … Don’t you?