Barefoot & Naked – Isaiah 20

Barefoot BeachIn today’s reading, we read about a very peculiar request from God to the prophet Isaiah:

1 In the year when King Sargon of Assyria captured the Philistine city of Ashdod, 2 the LORD told Isaiah son of Amoz, “Take off all your clothes, including your sandals.” Isaiah did as he was told and walked around naked and barefoot.

Isaiah, God’s man in the region, was asked to remove his clothes and walk around barefoot and naked as a symbol of the terrible troubles that God was about to bring upon Egypt and Ethiopia.

As strange as this sounds, I’m not at all surprised. In order for God be shown in all His glory, He frequently does “interesting” things. Remember Balam’s donkey? Think how Mary must have felt when the angel told her of God’s plan to bring Emmanuel into the world.

God’s ways are not our ways. Sometimes, His plan is difficult to comprehend. That’s where faith comes in. He seems to be asking, “Do you trust me?”

It took quite a bit of trust and flat-out obedience for Isaiah to trounce around in his birthday suit. He was at risk for ridicule and health issues, but he trusted God.

Consider what you’d be willing to do if you heard God’s call. Perhaps it’s as big as putting yourself at risk for ridicule or injury. Perhaps it’s as small as being obedient reading God’s Word every day or praying.


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