‘Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.’ Isaiah 6:8
This is the voice of the one God, and it is also the question of the sacred Trinity: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ The Father, Son and Spirit thus question us; shall not the threefold voice be regarded? Notice the particular kind of man for whom this voice is seeking.
It is a man who must be sent, a man under impulse, a man under authority—‘Whom shall I send?’ But it is a man who is quite willing to go, a volunteer, one who in his inmost heart rejoices to obey—‘who will go for us?’ What a strange mingling this is! ‘Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel’, and yet ‘taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly’.
Irresistible impulse and cheerful choice, omnipotent compulsion and joyful eagerness most mysteriously combine! We must have a mingling of these two. I do not know that I could put into so many words that wonderful feeling of freeness and overpowering impulse, of necessity and freedom, but our experience understands what our language cannot express.
We are willing, and yet a power is over us; we are ‘willing in the day of’ God’s power, coming forth as freely as the dew-drops ‘from the womb of the morning’, and yet as truly the product of divine power as they are. Such must God’s servant be. ‘Whom shall I send?’ It is Jehovah’s voice; ‘and who will go for us?’ It is the voice of the bleeding Lamb, the loving Father, and the ever-blessed Spirit.
Does no one leap up at this moment and freely offer himself? Must I speak in vain? That would be a light thing—must the voice from heaven be in vain? Did the child Samuel reply, ‘Here am I; for thou didst call me’, and will no full-grown man answer to the voice of the Eternal
C. H. Spurgeon and Terence Peter Crosby, 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 4)