Good news is hard to keep to oneself; very contagious. New baby, loved one comes into some good fortune, husband gets award at work, there are so many things that go on that bless us, and we can’t help but share how we have been blessed.
As I was going through my BSF lesson this week, I got to thinking about good news. First of all, I appreciate the way the powers that be in BSF had us stay in Isaiah 40 all week. It is so good a chapter, and needs the time taken. In verse nine it talks about how His people are to lift their voices with the good news that the LORD GOD is coming! Yay! But back up to verses 3 and 4, where it says the many ways the LORD has made a smooth path for His glory to arrive. There is such beauty in that He has pursued us and made it pretty easy, really, to know Him. And He wants us to tell others about it, too, with our voices. He could have chosen other modes of communication, but here He is telling us to use our voice to speak the news of His coming.
There must be something to that ‘spoken word’ concept, with God. I think of Him sending Gabriel to Zechariah with the good news of John the Baptist’s birth, and Zechariah suffering from not being able to speak when he evidenced unbelief. I think of all the different angelic appearances to assorted people, spreading the word that Jesus was coming. What a fun time that must have been for God, like sending out the first of many invitations to the biggest party ever.
Getting back to me- why don’t I get as excited about this very good news, this reality that has changed my life and my eternal destination? Why do I not have trouble keeping it to myself? Shame on me. It should spill out every chance I have to speak.
Get yourself on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news, lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; lift it up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, “Here is your God!”
BSF Study question of the week: [Since no man can look at God and live,] How will all people be able to see the glory of the Lord? (words in brackets mine)
-I can’t wait, can you?