Calling the Lost

1    In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.  2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.  3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.” 
4 The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke.  5 And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” 

6    Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.  7 The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.”  8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Isaiah 6:1-8

In this call story of the prophet Isaiah, we learn that this great prophet began his ministry feeling lost – and it was only through God’s grace and forgiveness that Isaiah was led to the right path God had for him. God’s grace gave Isaiah the confidence to answer God’s call – to say those words “Here I am; send me!” through lips he described as unclean. Do you see any of your own story in Isaiah’s story? What call have you heard from the Lord? Have you been able to trust God’s grace to equip you to answer that call, even if you feel lost or unclean or broken?

The prophet Isaiah’s story and the stories of countless people from across time and place testify that God does not call the equipped, God equips the called.

Memory Verse –
He leads me in right paths,
for his name’s sake.

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