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Read Isaiah 19:1 through 23:18

At that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to him, “Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from your feet.” And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot (Isaiah 20:2).

The prophet Isaiah had obediently proclaimed God’s messages to the people, even though these words made no difference among the hearers. His nation refused to repent and return to God. Now the Lord commanded Isaiah to remove his mourning clothes, just as a captive is stripped and led into exile. The prophet physically illustrated the destiny of Israel—they would become slaves to their conquerors.

This divine request appeared shameful and made no sense to the observers. It may have troubled the prophet too. Sometimes, the Lord asks His people to do things that seem illogical or even foolish.

When Christians know God has spoken to them, they must obey—no matter what others think or how people criticize, no matter their own questions and doubts.

God works through the obedient. You can trust the outcome to Him.

Prayer Suggestion: Seek wisdom as you follow the Lord.

Quicklook: Isaiah 20:1–6


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