January 16 The Voice Of The
Nature Of GOD
“I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send?” Isaiah 6:8
When we speak of the call of
God, we are apt to forget the most important feature, viz., the nature of the
One Who calls. There is the call of the sea, the call of the mountains, the
call of the great ice barriers, but these calls are only heard by the few. The
call is the expression of the nature from which it comes, and we can only
record the call if the same nature is in us. The call of God is the expression
of God’s nature, not of our nature. There are strands of the call of God
providentially at work for us which we recognize and no one else does. It is
the threading of God’s voice to us in some particular matter, and it is no use
consulting anyone else about it. We have to keep that profound relationship
between our souls and God.
The call of God is not the
echo of my nature; my affinities and personal temperament are not considered.
As long as I consider my personal temperament and think about what I am fitted
for, I shall never hear the call of God. But when I am brought into
relationship with God, I am in the condition Isaiah was in. Isaiah’s soul was
so attuned to God by the tremendous crisis he had gone through that he recorded
the call of God to his amazed soul. The majority of us have no ear for anything
but ourselves, we cannot hear a thing God says. To be brought into the zone of
the call of God is to be profoundly altered.