Monday, March 11th, 2013
Everyday Heroes (Part 2)
You shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, 'Here I am.'
Isaiah 58:9 (NKJV)
God tested Abraham, and said to him, 'Abraham!' And he said, 'Here I am.'
Genesis 22:1 (NKJV)
God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, 'Jacob, Jacob!' And he said, 'Here I am.'
Genesis 46:2 (NKJV)
God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, 'Moses, Moses!' And he said, 'Here I am.'
Exodus 3:4 (NKJV)
The Lord called Samuel. And he answered, 'Here I am!'
1 Samuel 3:4 (NKJV)
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.'
Isaiah 6:8 (NKJV)
Everyday heroes act uncommonly good in common situations. Everyday heroes are responders. A 'responder' is one who responds: 'To act in return or in answer; To react positively or favorably' (American Heritage Dictionary).
Respond to what? A call for help, a call for action, a call that most people refuse for an action most people reject; a call from God.
Such as? Assisting a stranded traveler, defending a bullied outcast, helping a lonely widow, risking reputation or even death to save a stranger. Didn't Jesus respond to all these things?
God says, 'Many are called, but few are chosen' (Matthew 22:14). Is His 'choosing' dependent on our responding? Undoubtedly, we serve The First Responder.
In The Parable of the Wedding Feast, Jesus says: 'The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come' (Matthew 22:2-3).
God's judgment for their unresponsiveness? 'Those who were invited were not worthy' (v.8).
In The Parable of the Great Supper, 'A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' But they all with one accord began to make excuses' (Luke 14:16-18).
God's penalty for their unresponsiveness? 'I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper' (v.24).
God doesn't ask us to do anything He hasn't already done. As the prophet Isaiah responded to God toward the beginning of his book (6:8), God responded to us toward its end: 'I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, 'Here I am, here I am,' to a nation that was not called by My Name' (Isaiah 65:1).
Most Bible scholars consider that 'nation' to be the Gentiles in general. I consider it to be America in particular: Other than Israel, America is the only nation formed in agreement with God.
Being a responder is a requirement for godly success.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Everyday Heroes series.