Aug. 7, 2019

The Town Crier

 

“For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.” Isaiah 33:22

Isn’t it interesting that a prophet broke life down and, in one sentence, reminded us where to find answers? Isaiah and other prophets were like the biblical town criers. In a time without technology and audio-visual equipment, people were used to declare both the good news and the bad news. They were used to educate and inform anyone who could (and would) listen.

With mass shootings on the increase, we hear all types of complaints and suggestions. Everyone has an opinion. I am less bothered by opinion than I am disturbed by the lack thereof. But, that’s just me. As I told my husband this past Monday, I wish so badly God would have created me to be spiritually deaf, socially blind, and intellectually shallow. Then, through a series of wild events, the Lord reminded me that I am an advocate. I am His ambassador. I follow behind a long line of town criers.

It seems Christ’s own Church has placed their faith in so many things besides Him. We seek like thinkers because we like their judgment calls. After all, they match ours. They agree with us.

We beg our leaders to bend laws, make laws, enforce laws or reject any new laws believing we will somehow be a happier, healthy society. We brag that our candidate is either the stronger personality or the nicer person. But Isaiah summed it up so well so many years ago before Christ was even born, “It is He who will save us.

Brothers and sisters, God has called me to stop my time of lamenting and call on each of us to pray. Seek God’s face. Ask, “What would Jesus do?” There are those who claim our problems are being magnified by “fake news.” There are others who fully believe the Holy Bible was the original source of fake news. I am asking each of us to hold tightly to the Truth and call on God to mold each of us individually, so we are better collectively.

There is a time to speak; a time to remain silent. There is a time to weep and a time to laugh. Now is the time to yield to the Lord. After all, it is He who will save us.