Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Isaiah 20:3 (KJV) What About Hard Times?

Isaiah 20:3
And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;
There are a few Old Testament events that we tend to view with some confusion and even a bit of disgust. This is one of them. It is unexplainable in our culture. We disdain any application for modern life. We are repulsed by the idea that anything of this nature could be asked of believers today.
It might be that the example exists more frequently than we imagine.
  • What about those saints of God who suffer pain of body?
  • What about those faithful believers who bear the heartache of backslidden or unbelieving children?
  • What about those hard working children of God who barely make ends meet?
What if many of those Christians whose lot in life is difficult and unexplainable are set by God as examples of faithfulness before the world? The world may view them with the same repulsion it did of Isaiah or of other of the prophets but that doesn’t change that they are used of the Lord[1].
I do not see this as an excuse for lame headed and unadvised foolishness on the part of fringe believers. The Bible is always our standard and if one is led to do something extreme but not Biblical it isn’t the leading of the Lord. God will not, for example, lead a Christian to walk about naked. He could however, cause a person’s wardrobe to dwindle to the bare necessities as a result of some faithful act of Christianity.
[1] I do not wish these times on anyone. And I would encourage Christians to reach out and helps those enduring them.

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Isaiah 20:3 (KJV) What About Hard Times?

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