October 19, 2013

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”

This well-loved Scripture has been set to music many times, but it still bears thoughtful consideration. When something becomes so familiar, we often stop really thinking about it. In the first place, why feet? I think that’s because feet are often overlooked, and are seldom considered things of beauty. Also, foot-falls indicate motion, progression. These people aren’t standing still! Also, these feet are on the mountains. Zion is indeed surrounded by mountains and hills that form a natural barrier, so the feet being on the mountains indicates that barriers are being crossed and overcome. However, the biggest point is the content of the good news that is conveyed, that is described as news of peace and happiness. The content is very simply, God is in control. We forget that so often! We get all tied in knots over one thing or another and forget that God is still God, and He is to be trusted. This is good news only when we are willing to let Him be in control. That is where the vast majority of our stress and conflict comes in. Generally speaking, we agree intellectually that God is God, but on the emotional level we feel like we need to be controlling things. When it becomes obvious that we aren’t in control, then we have multiplied stress. The news that “Our God reigns” is good news only when we receive it in humility and submission.

I am having training in this to a fairly intense degree right at this moment. Anxiety of one sort or another over our trip that starts tomorrow has robbed me of sleep. That’s all the more absurd when I consider all my years of walking with the Lord and seeing Him not only provide but also work out all sorts of details, often far better than I could have imagined. I am amazed at my own inability to let go of things and trust God with them! The past couple of days in particular He has worked out schedules beautifully, allowing me to get done everything that was needed, yet I find myself still uptight about today and tomorrow. I can only throw myself on His mercy and grace! However, I do know that His grace is sufficient for me (2 Corinthians 12:9), so that is good enough.

Father, thank You for pointing out to me so strongly that I’m still a work in progress. Help me continue to grow in applying the truth I know, living it out so that all of Your plans for me may be fulfilled, on Your schedule and for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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