Nothing Crazy

I am often pious when reading the Old Testament of the Bible. I think, “How could these dense people kill all these prophets from God, obviously God sent them directly to the people. They are so ignorant and arrogant…”

It’s plain that if these men, prophets, were to live in our time, we would be knowledgable enough to recognize they are from God. Right?

I thought that, then I read this out of Isaiah 20:

“at that time the Lord spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go and loose the sackcloth from your waist and take off your sandals from your feet,” and he did so walking naked and barefoot. Then the Lord said, “As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years…” Isaiah 20:2-3

Three years? Really?

If you walk around my town naked for three hours, you will go to jail. Three years?

No wonder people thought these prophets were crazy and tried to kill them.

But for me the heart of this story is the obedience on the part of Isaiah. He didn’t question God, he obeyed, regardless of how it might impact his reputation. He obeyed God without delay.

Given the same circumstance I guarantee I would have had a few more questions for God. “God this sounds crazy, you wouldn’t make me do anything crazy…right?”

Nothing crazy? I tend to think everything God has done for us is crazy, depending on where you are standing. I’m thankful for crazy.

Fool

Proverbs 18:2

“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”

Social media has given access to millions of people around the world of a way to “be heard”. That could be a positive thing if we have something worth hearing. If we don’t, we shouldn’t speak, certainly not in a “public” forum. In the good ole days, to be heard by the town a man had to stand in front of his friends, neighbors and co-workers and say his peace.

Today, we can hide behind avatars, websites and hundreds of miles to “confront” someone for how we believe they have misstepped.

The majority of our opinion statements would never happen if they had to be made face to face. Its the insulation of anonymity that has licensed us to be so “bold” in our comments. Truly what has happened?

The fool has been given plenty space to prove how foolish he is.

So though we all have opinions that doesn’t mean we all need to be heard on every subject. Especially when some understanding may be lacking…