~Wisdom From the Word~
“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…”
by: Pastor Dennis Dodson
Vice President/ Treasurer
Seeds of Faith, Inc., A Non-Profit Ministry
Isaiah 6 is a familiar passage, but we tend to focus on just part of the
chapter. To understand the context, we have to read the whole passage. The
chapter begins as King Uzziah has died. The earthly throne is empty, but Isaiah has
a vision of the Lord upon the heavenly throne. We often find ourselves with no
leadership here, but the eternal God sits high and lifted up for all of eternity.
Isaiah has such a vision of the Lord that he understands he is unworthy to be
in his presence. He confesses his uncleanness, and one of the seraphim comes and
anoints his lips. Then comes the most familiar passage. The Lord asks, “Whom
shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah enthusiastically replies, “Here am I;
send me.” So, when God calls, are we willing to go? Our initial thoughts are like
that of Isaiah. We are ready to go and serve the Lord, but we need to read the rest
of the chapter.
Having been anointed by the Lord to preach, Isaiah is told that the people
will hear, but not understand. The people will see, but not
perceive. Isaiah won’t be
filling stadiums full of faithful followers, but his message will be mostly
unreceived. He will have to preach until the cities are destroyed and there will be a
great forsaking in the land. Many men will refuse to believe, but there will be a
tenth, a faithful remnant.
Today, the Word of God goes largely unheeded, but there are a faithful few
who believe and follow. If young preachers were told that they would preach the
funerals of close family, and that most people will reject the truth, many would
refuse to go. We are to measure success by faithfulness and obedience to God, not
the number of nickels and noses at the church house. Considering the great
forsaking in our world today, are you still willing to go? Will you stand on the
Word to be able to reach the few?