A Divine Calling
A divine calling is an awesome thing.
The great king had died. The social order was in turmoil. Isaiah was filled with uncertainty. He went to the Temple to pray. The spirit of God moved within him. He was filled with awe and reverence in the presence of the Lord. The golden adornments of the Temple altar seemed to be messengers of God. From both within and without himself, Isaiah sensed the word of God spoken directly to him. He, who came for help from God, heard God calling him to be the helper. He who had come with little hope was called to be the messenger of hope.
A divine calling is an humbling experience.
In the presence of the Most High, Isaiah felt small and hopeless. He came face to face with his own sinfulness. How could his unclean lips be the mouth of God: “I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips,” he confessed.
A diving calling is a healing experience.
Upon his humble confession of sin, he received the “words of assurance.” It was as if the golden seraphim literally brought hot coals of fire and touched his lips with healing, mercy and forgiveness.
A divine calling waits for an answer.
“Who will go for me? Whom shall I send?” was the invitation. Isaiah answered, meekly, “Here am I , send me.”
A divine call is followed with divine empowerment.
That man of “unclean lips” was not only cleansed but also empowered to be the preacher whose words still stand as divine truth, ten centuries later.
—Rev. Jean Richardson
- Have you felt called to the ministry? How have you dealt with that calling?
- How long has it been since someone in your congregations responded to a call to the ministry? What do you think the reason is for these responses or lack of responses?
- Does God call people to particular fields of service other than the professional ministry?
- How does a person effectively serve God in a non-ministerial occupation?
How Do I Act?
- Go to your church sanctuary for personal prayer and meditation. If someone asks, “Why are you here?” answer simply, “I have come to pray and listen to God.” You may decide to make it a regular practice.
- The next time you engage God in prayer, wait in quietness and listen for God to speak to you.
- Ask your church to join you in continuing prayer that God will call persons in your congregation to the full-time ministry and that they will respond.
- You may want to ask your pastor to preach a sermon on the call to the ministry and, suggest that they tell about their calling.