In Isaiah 5, the prophet seems comfortable in dishing out the woes. There were sinners over there, nations far beyond… they were in trouble. But in chapter 6, Isaiah meets the LORD Jesus (cf John 12:41), and suddenly he proclaims “woe to me.” The problem is not out there, it’s in here. As he confesses his sin, his guilt is atoned for, his lips are cleansed and only now is he truly ready to be sent. This is the way if we want to reach the nations. We can’t go with a spirit of “woe to you”. Instead, confessing our sins, knowing Christ’s forgiveness, then we go.
PRAY for a renewed sense of the depths of our sin and the heights of Christ’s forgiveness. May gratitude fuel all our witness.