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 6:8
The bible highlights several different situations where God called and the response was “Here I am”. We see this for Abraham (Genesis 22:1), Moses (Exodus 3:4), Samuel (1 Samuel 3:4).
As a Christian in our walk with Christ we are taught these scriptures in the bible and are told that we should always say yes. And many of us do want to say yes. After all, we want to be chosen to go out and do something for God. After all, looking at the greatness of Abraham, Samuel and Moses and their legacy, we want to leave a legacy like that as well.
Last year, a close family member that I have looked up to as a mentor and love dearly died of cancer.
The usual questions of “Why me? Why can’t I be healed? Lord I don’t understand” plagued her before her death.
So after prayer, I went home and just saught the Lord fervently for answers.
We are so eager to say “Send me Lord” but what if HE sent you on your journey with cancer?
My blood ran cold…
I froze and just couldn’t believe what came to my mind!
I said “Lord to be honest, I didn’t think of it that way. I know you can send us to do your work in many different ways and at many times we are tested to see if we are suited for the journey. But a deadly disease…..”
I felt ashamed.
And you know, I further thought of Job.
You see … We all know the story of Job. Job was tested, everything was taken away. He persevered without cursing God and was rewarded. This basically sums up how many of us are taught that story.
But what you rarely here is about the anguish, sickness and utter despair Job must have experienced. Job also was full of sores from the top of his head to the sole of his feet (Job 2:7). We skip all the gory parts to speak about the glorious end when the Lord restored the fortunes of Job and gave Job twice as much as he had before.(Job 42:10).
But it was a journey.
As noted with Job, the devil can’t do anything to the Lord’s children without God’s express permission (Job 1:12). The very things that Job feared, the devil used against him.
Food for thought: People of God, we are called to go out into this world to spread the Word of God and to give God all the glory. Many times that will happen through our own pain and anguish. But it is a test. So Pray. Pray for strength. Pray for wisdom. Pray for peace in your suffering. And most of all, pray for God to be glorified. So let us live our lives answering God’s call and preparing ourselves for the battles ahead.
Prayer: Abba Father, God of amazing love, thank you. Thank you that we are your adopted sons and daughters. Nothing can separate us from your love. So in our battles, conflicts and anguish, may we remember to give you all the praise and glory. May we be firm in answering your call and accepting the journey with reassurance in your promise to never leave or forsake us. In Jesus name. Amen
May God’s mercy and peace be with you.