We talk of major “breakthroughs” in science, in space exploration. We hope for a breakthrough in the conquest of cancer. The greatest of all major breakthroughs was stated by Isaiah: “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down…” (64:1). That is a breakthrough in reverse – God visiting us. He has done it in His Son, in His Spirit’s coming at Pentecost, in great revivals, in answers to prayer. He will break through when our Lord returns. We need a major breakthrough now in a fresh visitation. Lord, do it again!
CALLED TO GO
Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
There are two sides to this stupendous proposition, His sending and our going. Some are called who do not go, like the son who promised to work in the vineyard but went not. Some go who are not sent: “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran” (Jer. 23:21).
What a supreme privilege that the God of the Universe can use us in His business – “Whom shall I send?” Yet He never compels us nor violates our freedom of will – “Who will go for us?” His eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth looking for someone who will go – not someone who will merely sing about it or say, “Here am I, send somebody else.”
Never mind whether or not the mission will be a success. Isaiah was told that his hearers would not receive his message. We are not called to succeed, we are called to go.
And when we go He goes along!