Do you ever hear yourself say, "I'm not good enough?"
Have you ever felt not good enough, not equipped, unworthy or undeserving of a special undertaking? Is there a job promotion your afraid to go for? Is there a vocation in your vision, a great purpose, or life change you feel pressed to do? Is there a passion inside of yourself that you talk yourself out of because it is too late? I have found myself in the shoes of one who does not feel “good enough”. In the story of Isaiah, we read of his feelings of wrongdoing, of being unclean, and undone, while feeling full of iniquities, Isaiah becomes useful and rises to the project at hand. The following is the story of how Isaiah became a prophet. Isaiah writes in 6:1-8 (New K.James Version):
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim (angels); each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said:
“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The LORD of hosts.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.”
8 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.”
Learning from Isaiah, can we as a people, stop the negative self talk and become useful by realizing we are uniquely equipped to use our abilities to serve the task at hand, knowing the mission that is set before us for us to do?