“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” Isaiah 52:7.
We are told that the words of good tidings that speak of peace are beautiful to hear, and indeed, this is true.
- But what profits us if we only speak of glad tidings and speak of a false peace?
- Did not those who walked up upon the mountains come down with a message other than just peace?
- When Moses filled full of the light from God’s presence, came down from Mount Horeb, were the words of peace the only commandments given?
- Was Isaiah commissioned to just speak words of peace as the angel of the LORD touched his lips?
- As Ezekiel sent to give glad tidings to those who would hear from him, or was he sent to those of a hardened, stubborn people?
Yeah, I would say, that many of us are commissioned to build-up, but also to tear down.
We are called to tear-down the structures of man that propose to build their own kingdoms of luxury and ease. We are called to tear-down the complacency and those who have fallen asleep.
But we are also called to encourage and to instill hope; the hope that does not fade – for many in this world are without hope. They need the glad tidings that have been spoken of, that come forth from the very throne of God. They need the glad tidings of the Savior who came to speak to those who are hurting and lost.
And so, our feet, the sandals that we wear, are two-fold, and they need to be shod with gentleness and mercy, but also with the ruggedness of the sword of God. For that sword penetrates between soul and spirit, and it discerns the thoughts and the intentions of the heart.
It knows of those hearts that are hurting, but it also knows of those hearts that are filled with arrogance and pride.
“And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD,” Jeremiah 31:28.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?