December 16 — The Mission

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“Then one of the creatures (an angel praising God in heaven) flew down to me, carrying a burning coal that he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with the burning coal and said, ‘This has touched your lips, and now your guilt is gone, and your sins are forgiven.’

“Then I heard the Lord say, ‘Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?’ I answered, ‘I will go! Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:6-8 GNT)

Face to Face with God

Isaiah 6 contains the account of Isaiah’s encounter with God. In his vision, he sees God on His throne in all of His glory. He sees angels praising God. He sees God’s righteousness.

God’s righteousness exposes Isaiah’s sinful nature. Isaiah confesses that he is a hopeless sinner from a hopeless world.

After Isaiah’s confession, an angel comes to him with a burning coal from the altar. The angel touches Isaiah and then tells that he has been cleansed and forgiven. Isaiah’s sin and guilt are gone.

An Irresistible Call

Immediately after Isaiah is cleansed and forgiven, he hears God ask, “Who shall we send to deliver the message?” God has limitless resources. The armies of Heaven are at His command. He could have sent angels to deliver His message. He did send angels a few times, and it was always impressive. Why not send angels to deliver every important message?

In 1 Corinthians 1, God tells us through Paul that God’s foolishness is wiser than the wisdom of man. In other words, God’s wisdom is so far above us that it does not make sense to us.

God wanted to send Isaiah with His message. After having just been forgiven for all his sin, Isaiah could not resist God’s call. He had so much to be thankful for that he was happy to do something to express his gratitude. “Let me go,” was Isaiah’s reply.

The Bottom Line

When we see ourselves the way God sees us, we know that we need help. Our gratitude for our cleansing and forgiveness should, at the least, make us open to God’s call. At the most, our gratitude should lead us to tell others about our great Father.

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