When the Lord calls us to obedience, what’s our attitude? Our inclination may be to hide, or at least shrink back, but that’s not what God has for us (Heb. 10:39). Here’s a radical response: “Here I am.”
Abraham didn’t know what God would ask of him but was willing. “After these things, God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am” (Gen. 22:1). “Here I am” was also his response when (mercifully) the angel of the LORD called off the son-sacrifice (Gen. 22:11). Jacob says, “Here I am” when God shows him protection and provision despite Laban’s treatment (Gen. 31:11) and later in life, when God tells him to head to Egypt with his family (Gen. 46:2).
When Moses hears God call to him from the burning bush, he says “Here I am.” (Ex. 3:4) It’s also Samuel’s response, each of the three times when the Lord calls him (1 Sam. 3:5,6,8). When God asks Isaiah “who will go for us,” Isaiah responds, “Here I am, send me” (Isa. 6:8). And it’s a New Testament response, too. “Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord” (Acts 9:10).
And if we feel a bit inadequate with our timid “Here I am,” we need to know there’s nothing insignificant about our “Here I am” responding to the Great I Am.