Today’s Scripture: 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
David Brainerd, an early missionary to the Native Americans, did not have an easy ministry. He was always fighting the elements of cold, rain, snow, or heat. His life was threatened by Indians several times. He was miraculously spared from wild animals, including a rattlesnake in a well-documented event.
David Brainerd kept a journal during his missionary years, and this journal is still an inspiration for many people to this day. He had very little success with the Natives the first couple years of his ministry. According to his journal, he felt like quitting.
This was not an easy task, and it didn’t improve for more than a year. Trial after trial, he still had very few conversions. In January of 1745, he set a day aside just for fasting and prayer. That year ended up being the most fruitful year of his ministry. He saw great revival in the many Native tribes!
However, that didn’t mean it was easy, for David was getting weaker. The elements did their damage, and David would die at the age of 29 in 1747. His life, as short as it was, became an inspiration for several others, including William Carey and Adoniram Judson, to enter the mission field.
A famous quote from David’s journal states:
“Here am I, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to the rough, the savage pagans of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfort on earth; send me even to death itself, if it be but in Thy service and to promote Thy kingdom.”
Do you have that heart? Will you go anywhere for Christ? Can you say, “Here am I, send me?”
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.