Sunday, March 27, 2022

Daily Devotion: Who Will Go?

Bible Reading: Isaiah 6

Key Verse: Verse 8 - “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

Key Words: Here am I; send me

We are told in Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  Then said I, Here am I, send me.”

This verse brings several things to our attention.  First of all, we must be willing to hear the voice of the Lord.  Secondly, we must understand God is looking for volunteers (whom shall I send).  Thirdly, we must be willing to go.  The need for those willing to go is great as is the need for those who are willing to send (give financially and pray).

The following is a great reason why we need to go and why we need to send.

Alila stood on the beach holding her tiny infant son close to her heart.  Tears welled up in her eyes as she began slowly walking toward the river’s edge.  She stepped into the water, silently making her way out until she was waist deep, the water gently lapping at the sleeping baby’s feet.  She stood there for a long time holding the child tightly as she stared out across the river.  Then all of a sudden in one quick movement she threw the six month-old baby to his watery death.

Native missionary M. V. Varghese often witnesses among the crowds who gather at the Ganges.  It was he who came upon Alila that day kneeling in the sand crying uncontrollably and beating her breast.  With compassion he knelt down next to her and asked her what was wrong.  Through her sobs she told him, “The problems in my home are too many and my sins are heavy on my heart, so I offered the best I have to the goddess Ganges, my first-born son.”  Bro. Varghese’s heart ached for the desperate woman.  As she wept he gently began to tell her about the love of Jesus and that through Him her sins could be forgiven.  She looked strangely.  “I have never heard that before,” she replied through her tears.  “Why couldn’t you have come thirty minutes earlier?  If you had, my child would not have had to die.”

Each year millions of people come to the holy Indian city of Hardwar to bathe in the River Ganges.  These multitudes come believing this Hindu ritual will wash their sins away.  For many people like Alila, missionaries are arriving too late, simply because there aren’t enough of these faithful brothers and sisters on the mission field.

The need is great, so the question is: “Are you willing to go?  Are you willing to give and pray so that others can go?”
What to do:
✞ Will you go?

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