Today, we are reading Isaiah 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23. Rough day for Isaiah and for the people within his hearing.
It must have been hard for these prophets like Isaiah to deliver such strong messages. These prophets prayed more than anyone. They were most closely acquainted with the character of God. They knew His propensity for restoration. Considering all this, it must have been heartbreaking to speak these things. Even though consequences are a result of a people’s own actions, it’s still sad to see people struggle – especially when you know that better is possible! (and with God, better is always possible!)
A verse stands out to me, and I’m going back to the NKJV for a minute on this one:
“ ‘Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?’
The watchman said, ‘The morning comes, and also the night’ ” (Isaiah 21:11-12 NKJV)
I’ll spare you the history lesson, but these folks are in bad shape. They are afraid, so they go to the watchman, charged with seeing what comes from afar off. What about the night, they ask – twice, like it is urgent. I wonder if they whispered it or if they yelled – does anyone get quiet when they get afraid like I do? The watchman’s answer offers peace and a reason to fear: the morning is coming (relief is coming), but night is coming with it (utter darkness and confusion). I think we could describe our present situation in this same way: there is spiritual darkness all around, but the possibility of spiritual light is also near – because God is always near. As the “morning” and the “night” are coming simultaneously, it is of the utmost importance that we can discern between them. We have to depend on the Lord and His wisdom like never before.
So thankful for the Word of God, bringing light today!