If you have read much of the King James translation you may recall the different stories of God calling out for a servant for a specific task and the servant replying with “Here am I” now we may look at it as just an older style of English because today we would say “Here I am” but I want to build off of this difference and present an important teaching.
I want to draw out something that I think is quite powerful and relevant to our walk through life with God.
You are Called
“Here am I” is found 16 times in the KJV Bible some of the stories include:
Isaiah 6:8- Isaiah responding to God
2 Samuel 15:26- a king willing to receive deserved punishment from God
2 Samuel 1:7- when Saul requests a man to kill him after he impaled himself with a spear
1 Samuel 3:4- where God called Samuel as a young man and he thought it was Eli 4 times.
Genesis 46:2- God spoke to Jacob in a dream
Genesis 22:11- when the Angel of the Lord told Abraham not to kill Isaac
If you have ever thought to yourself “God has not called me to do anything” than think again. You do not need an angel to appear to you, or a miraculous splitting of the sea to know that God has done a lot for you and is waiting for your response. The problem is that all to often when we reply to God’s requests for our service (if we reply at all) we say “Here I am”.
What’s the Difference
“Here I am” says:
“God, do you see where I am at?, come and meet me here. Bring your plan and your will to me and make it fit my mold of where I am in life. This distance between us will only be filled by you coming to me.”
It places emphasis on where you are in contrast with where God is.
“Here am I” says:
“God I see that you want me to use me so I give you total permission to do whatever you see best. I am dropping my plans and fears to come to where you want me to be. I will cross the distance between us by coming to you, use me completely.”
This places emphasis on God and declares that you are submitted to God completely.
When God told Noah in Genesis 6:14 “So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. 16 Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.”
What if Noah refused?
What if he saw his plans as more important than God’s, and freaked out at this large request from God. After all Noah probably ended up getting made fun of and insulted by nearly everyone around him for years of construction of the Ark.
He was rich and had stuff going for him- he totally could have rejected God’s huge request because of the inconvenience.
But instead Genesis 6:22 says Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
Noah, by His obedience said to God said “Here Am I”, and it went well with Noah (His sons started the human race over and got a 40 day cruise).
When God asks you to do something (and surely He has already asked-try reading the Gospels, you will find them) keep in mind He is the creator of all things. He can and will sustain you if you choose to answer His call.
I believe the reason why Jesus said in Matthew 19:23 that it is hard for a rich man to get saved, because to do so means to drop everything. I am not saying that to have wealth is to not serve or obey God but the deciding factor comes when weighing your allegiance to things vs your allegiance to God. What if God told you it was required to drop your riches? Would you put up a fight?
A few scriptures to say “Here Am I” to:
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.