Lord Not Her
By Jill Briscoe
And he said, “Go, and tell this people ….” ~ Isaiah 6:9
Can’t you just hear Isaiah groaning, “O Lord, not this people?” Have you ever had a similar experience? I have. I can remember telling God just where to send me. I wanted to work with teenagers. They had caught my attention and captured my heart, and I kept saying to the Lord, “Here I am, send me!” “Go and tell this people,” the Lord replied, drawing my attention to some very old ladies who were my neighbors. They were all over seventy years of age, one was crippled, one blind, and one deaf! I obediently, though grudgingly, complied, inviting them to a Bible study. Only the deaf one responded. Sitting in my little living room and screaming into her ear was a far cry from youth evangelism. I comforted myself with the thought that God promised Isaiah there would be a remnant that would respond! Even as I had that thought, the remnant was sitting looking at me! This little old deaf lady accepted Jesus and went to be with Him shortly afterwards!
I suddenly realized the necessity of reaching the aged; they don’t have as much time as the youth! It is hard going, as older people tend to be adamant where change is concerned, and accepting Christ means change. When they have always done something one way, another way seems impossible. But He who said He was “the Way” showed these ladies “the truth” and gave them His life, and “this people” became my people! What joy!
When God says go and tell “this people,” don’t argue - go! You’ll find that a remnant will respond.