Focus Verse: Then the Lord said, “Just as my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush (3)
Can you imagine going to school, going to church, going hiking without any shoes and barely any clothes? Can you imagine being in that state for three whole years – throughout spring and summer and fall and winter? Would you do it if the Lord told you to do so? Well, Isaiah did. He risked being laughed at, looked at and taunted because God told him to be a sign.
Focus Verse: This is what the Lord says to me: ‘Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end. (16)
Here is another example of the obedience of Isaiah. Most of the words God told him to prophesy were words of doom and gloom. They were words that would make people hate him, not love him. They were words that would make people stay away from him, not run to be his friend. But Isaiah willingly gave up a comfortable, normal life to be God’s prophet and say what he was told to say.
Focus Verse: You built a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the Old Pool, but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago. (11)
Even though Jerusalem was being destroyed, the people still looked to themselves and their own work for deliverance instead of looking to God.
Focus Verse: Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children (5)
We’ve never visibly seen God, never audibly heard Him. How can we follow His example? By living how His Son lived when He came to Earth. The way Christ loves is how God loves and how He wants us to love. Christ only speaks words of light and life, so does God and so should we. Everything that God is, Christ is. He is our perfect example.
Because there is no darkness in Christ, there should be none in us. We are now light and Paul encourages us to live as such. Our lives should bear the fruit of goodness, righteousness and truth. Do what pleases the Lord. Walk in the way of love.