I think that I watched way too many movies when I was younger. There are several movies that I watched repeatedly, and one of them was a football movie called The Replacements. One of the quotes that I remember was when the coach asked the quarterback what he wanted to do. The quarterback responded, “I want the ball.” The coach said, “winners always do.”
When I was reading Isaiah this week, this movie came to mind when I read Chapter 6. The Lord came to Isaiah in a vision looking for someone to send to warn people and call them to repentance.
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!”
Later in these verses, the Lord told Isaiah how hard the path would be, but Isaiah was still willing to go. Isaiah wanted the ball, he was a winner. I would like to think that I would respond in the same way, but I feel like I would be the one who makes excuses.
13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
Moses must have felt like me and thought that there were other people more qualified, more experienced, or more eloquent. But, the Lord chooses who the Lord chooses, and He will not be denied. Trying to escape your purpose or calling might not work out for you.
1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord. 4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.
Jonah heard the Lord’s command, but he thought that he could hide from the Lord instead. Maybe Jonah was afraid, but no matter the reason, he decided to run instead of obeying his calling. The Lord would not be denied and He caused a huge storm that threatened to sink the boat. Eventually, the sailors tossed Jonah overboard where the Lord caused a great fish to swallow him.
3 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it.
After spending three days in the belly of a fish the Lord had the fish spit out Jonah. This time when the Lord gave Jonah a command, he obeyed.
These three men were all called by the Lord, and each one responded differently. The Lord still used each of these men, and their excuses, fear, or lack of experience didn’t change the Lord’s plans. The Lord can use each of us, even if we kick and scream, he can still use us for his plans.
This week, as we say our Thanks and count our Blessings, utter the words, “Here I am Lord, Send Me!
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!