Daily Devotion - January 18, 2021 - Here I Am! Send Me!

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – January 18, 2021
Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8
Weekly Theme: A Call to Ministry
Today: Here I Am! Send Me!

Wow! God is amazing! God knows exactly what to put before me each day as I read my Scripture and seek God’s will for my life. I responded to God’s call to full time ministry in the church at the age of 48. I had been working in health care administration within the military health care system for 23 years, but the Holy Spirit begin to stir within me in a powerful way and I was called to leave that career and enter into working full time for God. I am now a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church and God continues to call me into the ministry of being fully ordained. In fact, today I plan to, with great intention, read and contemplate about God's call on my life with much prayer and intensity.  This is the reason I began today's devotion with the word “Wow”. God knew that this very day, I needed to read this very passage at this very moment. And guess what? You are called into a life of ministry, too! And God is speaking to you this very minute.

Hopefully, you have read the Scripture that accompanies the devotion. If you have not, or even if you have read it, I invite you to stop here and read it. Then, write down what senses were engaged as you read it (taste, touch, smell, sight, sounds). Isaiah describes with great detail his experience of God calling him to go take a message to God’s people. Isaiah saw the Lord sitting on the throne and saw heavenly beings (angels who were flying and praising God); he heard their voices and saw that the temple shook and was filled with smoke--- while it doesn’t say that he smelled or felt the heat from the smoke, as we read this we might imagine that he did. All his senses were engaged when Isaiah experienced this call. He responded with great conviction, confessing he was a man of unclean lips and yet, some how he had seen the King, the Lord Almighty. God responded by sending an angel to touch his lips with a live coal taken from the altar, and the angel said “...your guilt is taken away”. Then God called Isaiah, who replied to God, “Here am I. Send me!” If you read the few verses that follow,the first task God gave Isaiah was to deliver a difficult message to God’s people about the devastation and ruin that would be befall them, but in the end the there is hope as God prevails.

At this point you may be saying, “I have never had an experience like that before and I never will.” So did I. We may think there is no way that God calls us in such vivid ways and to do such difficult tasks. But maybe our lack of faith and of fully engaging our whole selves in our interactions with God is the reason we do not have an experience like Isaiah’s. If we open ourselves to the many ways God is speaking to us daily; and if we hear what God is saying through Scripture, through our day-to-day experiences, through our learning and reasoning and through our Christian traditions, then we will hear God speak. We cannot limit the capabilities of God. If we believe God can do all things, then let us not limit how God speaks to us. Today, let us open ourselves up to experiencing God in everything we do. Let’s just try it! God is present and waiting for us to engage with him. Let us be like Isaiah and engage all senses so that we might experience God and respond to the call God places on us today and say, “Here I am! Send me!”

Dear God, thank you for the witness of the prophet Isaiah, who engaged all senses as he sought your perfect will for his life. Help us to be open to the ways that you are calling us to serve you more fully in all that we do and say so that your kingdom will be furthered today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 
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