“Listen, O coastlands, to Me,
and take heed, you peoples from afar!”
Hindsight is 20/20, there are so many things I wish I had listened to. Some of the most dreaded words you’ll hear is, “I told ya so.” That sting of a reminder that follows an action on our behalf that has taken place after being told beforehand. Now, there’s a difference between hearing something and listening to that same something. Or, some of us who have had teenagers or people we care about enough to give advice to, you know how frustrating it can be when people don’t listen. I too can remember a time when I was told something and I chose not to listen. I wonder how much heartache I could have saved myself if I would have simply listened.
I think one of the main reasons I choose to go my own way was because I believed my way was better and ultimately I’d do what I wanted to do. It’s not until I came to the conclusion that God’s ways are higher than my ways, that I could trust God at His word. In Romans 15:4 we read, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” When I meditate on verses and can see what happens when others have chosen not to take heed, I’m walking with the assurance that I will be kept safe. Though’safe’ is not always comfortable, the discomfort that comes with obedience always produces the fruit of the Spirit in us.
God is always calling us to listen – not just to listen, but to take heed. God uses Isaiah to communicate to His people that He has a plan, and like any instruction, it only benefits those who listen and take heed.
This proclamation in Isaiah maybe what Jesus built His hope on, all the promises of the Father concerning His Son were written and foretold for Jesus’ glory and our benefit. Maybe we have an insight to the answer to the prayers Jesus prayed to His Father, I encourage you to go and read Isaiah 49 where we see verses like verse 8,
“Thus says the LORD:
‘In an acceptable time I have heard You,
And in the day of salvation I have helped You;
I will preserve You and give You
As a covenant to the people,
To restore the earth,
To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages.’”
I wonder what our days would look like if we would only listen and take heed?
Here’s one example, Luke 6:47,48:
“Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like, he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built”.
Sounds like a plan, God is calling and asking, “Can you hear me now?”
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “Beware of reasoning about God’s Word – obey it.” – Oswald Chambers
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. Psalm 63:7