WHAT THE LORD SAYS
“When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, ‘Tell your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not
be afraid of what you have heard – those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me’”
Whenever you hear some message, some news, some instruction or some testimony, a crucial factor is always who the information came from. Was it some unknown, unnamed person whose reliability we cannot verify? Was it someone in authority whose credibility is unquestioned? Was it someone with a mischievous agenda who was trying to foment trouble?
The emissary of the Assyrian emperor had spoken to the people of Israel saying, “The king says …”. Now Isaiah, servant of the king of kings, sends a message to Hezekiah.
It begins “This is what the Lord says”. Through his faithful servant and spokesman Isaiah, God’s speaks into the situation and his word becomes a factor in the outworking of the future. It begins also to transform the situation.
Always God speaks, not just to give someone who hears him a nice spiritual experience. He speaks to create.
He speaks to confront. He speaks to command. He speaks to correct and to judge. He speaks to heal. He speaks to mend, to reconcile, to guide and make whole. He speaks to individuals. He speaks to communities, to nations, to churches, to families. He speaks to those who wait and listen for his voice. He breaks in sometimes to speak to someone who has never heard him before and who hardly knows of his existence. In speaking he brings life, creation,
order, meaning, movement, renewal, joy, peace and hope.
Are you listening for his word?