Let’s take a look at Joseph, Samuel, Isaiah and see if they were willing…
Then his brothers went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” So he said to him, “Here I am.” 14 Then he said to him, “Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me.” So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem. 15 Now a certain man found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, “What are you seeking?” 16 So he said, “I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks.” Genesis 37.12-16
Joseph was willing.
It did not go well for Joseph – his brothers threw him under the bus, or should I say in a pit? If you aren’t familiar, please read ALL of Joseph’s story in Genesis. But, even Joseph says after years of being separated from his family that God had a plan and he was right where God wanted him to be.
Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. 2 And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, 3 and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle[a] of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, 4 that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” 5 So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down. 6 Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.) 8 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” 1 Samuel 3.1-11
Samuel was willing.
Young Samuel was told by the LORD that Eli and his (bad) sons were going to be destroyed. He woke up in the morning and Eli asked him what the LORD had to say to him. I can’t imagine that the boy Samuel was thrilled to share the message but he did. Samuel grew and the LORD was with him and did not allow one of his words to fall to the ground.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” 9 And He said, Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10 “Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.” 11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered: “Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, the houses are without a man, The land is utterly desolate…Isaiah 6.1-13
Isaiah was willing.
Isaiah was called to the hard. He had the job of warning the people of God’s anger and wrath. Isaiah asked of God, “How long do I have to do this?” God replied, “Until the land is utterly desolate.” Oh I see, LORD, did I really just say ‘send me?’
Ministry isn’t all feel good and rosy. Has the Lord ever given you a hard thing? Entrusted you with a difficult word or a hard reproof?
Were you willing?
It’s oh so easy to say, “Yes, Lord, Your daughter is here and I will go.”
But, y’all the weight of that is big, heavy, and sometimes very frightening.
Are we willing to do what He says at all cost?
It is a question I wake up thinking about. Do I have what it takes to endure? To do the hard things. To never ever deny Him?
Peter thought he had what it would take. Remember? And, then he cowered. Read that here.
Queen Esther was bold and said, “And if I die, I die.” Read that here.
Jesus says, “Pick up your cross and follow Me.” Read that here.
Oh yeah, and then He says, “If you want to SAVE your life, you have to be willing to LOSE it for My sake.” Those words are here.
This call to ministry. This call to write. This call to teach. It’s serious stuff. People’s lives are depending on it. We are Truth Agents.
Susan, it’s Me, the LORD – will you go?
Yes, Lord – with a bit of holy fear and a lot of sacred trepidation, but Yes, Lord, here I am – send me.
This week I’ll be linking up with:
- Inspire Me Monday
- Glimpses of His Beauty
- God Sized Dreams
- Jennifer Dukes Lee
- Tea and Word
- Seeking God
- Porch Stories
- Coffee for Your Heart
- Tune In Tuesday
- Heart Encouragement
- Dance With Jesus
- Fresh Market Friday
- Thought Provoking Friday
- Counting My Blessings