Isaiah 20:1-6 KJV
“In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it; at the same time spake the Lord by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot. And the Lord said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia; so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt. And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory. And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?” Isaiah 20
In the Testament of Old, the prophets were often asked by God to do things. Sometimes, the things they were asked to do made absolutely no sense to the men around them. They seemed crazy, but they did those things anyway.
How often has God asked us to do something that seemed so outrageous we just couldn’t bring ourselves to perform it? Or how many times has He requested of us something that contradicted our own plans or desires, so we disobeyed?
God wants our everything from us. He wants to be everything in our hearts, and so He tests us to prove our love and our faith.
Many men have obediently followed the “crazy” requests of God only to find themselves on the receiving end of torture, imprisonment, persecution, or even death. But their lives become testimonies of faith for us to see as examples. Then, there are those who follow and are blest. Their church founding thrives. The revivals flourish. God moves in the steps of obedience and it is obvious. They, too, bless us by example.
God uses men. He even became as Man and allowed Himself to be guided by the Holy Spirit, too! His ultimate example has turned countless from their wicked paths to righteousness, even to this very hour.
Aside from God’s anointing, what is the one thing each man has in common with the other? Time. Time passed for each of them as they performed the will of God in their lives. For Christ, it was 33 1/2 years. Moses knew at age 40 his calling, but it would be 40 more years until He was brought forward to do it, and then 40 more before his task was complete. The apostles all had to walk by faith, and most didn’t understand what they were even supposed to do until after Jesus left them. So, in a prophecy given by God Himself, we see the prophet Isaiah not only doing as God asked him, but doing it for three years. Why? Because he had faith in God.
God asked him to walk barefoot and naked, and Isaiah did so every day for three years.
So, when God asks us to do something, or not to do something else, we must obey immediately, and honorably, with patience unwavering until He says otherwise, because we just don’t know what He is up to nor could we know or understand how He uses us.