While reading the book of Isaiah I imagine what it must be like to hear the voice of God, and know that I must answer the call. The call to go, and do, whatever it is that God impresses upon your heart is an awesome responsibility. Jonah ran from the call, and God was so determined to have His way, he prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. No doubt that is why we don't have a book of Jonah in the Bible. As a matter of fact, we don't really hear from Jonah after this incident. Isaiah didn't run he responded with, "Here I am, send me." We read about the coals that touched Isaiah's lips, and how he saw, not only his own unclean soul, but the condition of those around him. However, those coals felt and whatever mark he was left with, I wouldn't think could compare with being inside the belly of a whale. The stomach acid alone they say burned his entire body and left him forever scared. One thing we can determine from scripture, once you have been touched by God you are never the same. Moses looked upon the glory of God even after he was hid in the cleft of a rock and it still lit his face up enough that he had to wear a veil over his face. What about you? Have you been permanently changed since God touched your life?
Have you been touched by God? Have you heard his voice speak to you? Each of us is created with a purpose. God created us with a plan, and a purpose in mind. All we need to do is to seek Him, and allow Him to lead, and guide us to where He would have us to go. Hang out with the King of the Universe for a while this week. Talk with Him like you would a friend. Then listen to what He has to say. Once you have heard His voice and you know what it is that He would have you to do--do it immediately. Don't wait. Scripture tells us the fields are white with Harvest but the laborers are few. When wheat is about to die it turns white. the Bible is telling us we don't have time to waste when it comes to winning souls. I encourage you this week to make haste to obey God. Hurry to do what He asks of you. Immediate obedience with the right attitude will take you far. Delayed obedience is disobedience.
John 4:35(NIV) "Don't you have a saying, 'It's still four months until harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest."
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Rena Perozich is a wife, mother, mentor, author, and encourager. Her life's purpose is to become all God has called her to be and to encourage others to do the same. Learn more.