In a world with problems caused by humanity’s rejection of God’s way it can seem like one bad thing after another. Even as Christians, we tend to lose hope and the positive edge that God’s Spirit can develop in us for service toward God, our families, our brethren and our communities.
How often have we read Isaiah 30:21Isaiah 30:21And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left. American King James Version×that says, “This is the way, walk you in it”? Have you ever noticed what proceeds it? Lets read Isaiah 30:20-21Isaiah 30:20-2120 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not your teachers be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers:
21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
American King James Version×in full. “And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it’, whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” Is this only for the future or can we apply it today?
It is interesting to note how often Jesus alluded to examples of people who were “making a difference” and asked His disciples to learn or take note of their examples. One example is that of the Good Samaritan. Was the Samaritan remembered because he was a church member or for what he did? Jesus purposefully took an example far out of the common scope of accepted thinking of that time and simply said, “Learn!” It wasn’t so much what the good Samaritan knew, like the priest or the Levite, but what he did. Jesus asks us to learn now to become teachers of a way of life. A way that is outgoing, away from self.
Today our world can look foreboding. The storm is coming and things will seem to be out of control. But God asks us to deal with our immediate sphere of influence and do what we can. The “This is the Way, Walk You In It” articles focus on various teachers in todays world — be they people, communities or nations — that are making a difference, examples that run contrary to the general course of a world that has turned its back on God. It will then be our goal to make it personal, to encourage you to good works in your life. It is easy to point out the wrong or bad but there is also a time to point out the good.
This article series was featured in the World News & Prophecy publication.