Do you ever think about how you would respond if God sent prophets to deliver these kind of messages today? Have you ever heard someone say, “God told me to tell you…”? With all the craziness, it’s easy to quickly dismiss them along with the other “right-wing extremists” or “insane religious fanatics.”
Do you think that God still talks to people? Do you wonder if God still gives “gifts of prophecy” to His people today? I wonder if we’ve become so caught up in our lives that we no longer hear when He is trying to give us “messages” or communicate with us. Perhaps it’s time He send some of His prophets to get our attention.
When I thought about the first four verses of this chapter, I had to pause:
1 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 2 Hovering around him were mighty seraphim, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with the remaining two they flew. 3 In a great chorus they sang, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” 4 The glorious singing shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire sanctuary was filled with smoke.
Isaiah saw the Lord. Wow…and what a description. Can you imagine? This vision brought Isaiah to the breaking point. He realized the reality of his shortcomings and felt completely unworthy – yet he was allowed to see the Lord.
God sent an angel to touch him with a hot coal from off of the altar of God. He was forgiven and his guilt removed! Which led Isaiah to say one of his most famous lines:
8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go for us?”And I said, “Lord, I’ll go! Send me.”
What is keeping you from hearing God? What is keeping you from telling others what God tells you? What if God wants you to deliver a message to His people – would you be able to hear it? Would you be brave enough to deliver it?
Guess what?! There are prophets alive today. He still uses people like you and me – all guilt ridden and sinful like Isaiah – if we will just allow Him to cleanse us and remove the guilt. But we must be willing to pause – to listen – and to follow Him.
I challenge you to find some time today to listen for God. Just get somewhere you won’t be disturbed, or turn off the radio in your car during your commute. Then, ask God to speak to you. Tell Him, “Your servant is listening, Lord. Speak to me.” Then, listen. Don’t pray, don’t hum a tune. Don’t start thinking about what you’re going to do this weekend. Listen for Him. Make some time every day to do this and see if you, like the Old Testament prophets, might be chosen to deliver His message.