For the week leading to worship, Sunday, November 15th.
This week’s Theme: Empowered by God Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8
Summary of the Reading
In this week’s reading, we consider the calling of the prophet Isaiah. These verses recount a dazzling, heavenly vision of the presence of God in the Temple, sitting on a throne, being attended by seraphs, declaring God’s holy glory. In the midst of this prophetic, unearthly vision, Isaiah expresses a very human experience. In the face of God’s splendor, Isaiah is distraught, even fearful, of his own unworthiness before God. But God cleanses Isaiah; a seraph touches Isaiah’s mouth with a live coal. “[Y]our guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Isaiah 6:7 Then the Lord asked whom shall I send? And now Isaiah, newly redeemed by God, finds courage and purpose has replaced his formerly fearful self. “Here am I; send me!”
A Creation Question:
By our nature, are we fearful, cautious beings, or fierce creations, driven to find purpose and meaning? In Isaiah, he begins with a sense of unworthiness, but is empowered by God’s saving grace. Are there ways in your own life where you have been fearful or self-critical? Have you let God into those spaces? Have you permitted yourself to be touched by the seraph’s coal – redeemed and empowered even as against your own fears and failings?
An Everyday Question:
Do you hear the story of Jesus in the calling of Isaiah? Left to his own devices, Isaiah was sinful and unworthy; with God’s intervention, he was saved. Isaiah used his freedom to answer God’s call – not in order to earn the salvation already given, but in response to it! From what sins have you been freed? How are you using that freedom to answer God’s call for you?
An Action Step:
Listen, God is calling! Don’t hide from the call; know that God is ready to empower you. Let us say together as God’s people: “Here we are Lord, we will go!”
Don’t like these questions? Do these verses say something different to you? Great! What it is?
Find a friend (or two or many) and take an EBC coffee break! Find 15-25 minutes somewhere in the week and come to share or just listen and enjoy (virtual) company. Have fun finding God this week in your Everyday Life!