Isaiah 1 to 3 Commitment means you hang in to the job when times are hard, slow, or non-existent.
Isaiah was a prophet to Israel. He ministered through four different kingly reigns and prophesied about a king not yet born—Cyrus, who would release Israel from Babylonian bondage. His call to prophetic ministry began in the year King Uzziah died, and although excited to start his ministry, it soon became apparent that it would be a time when the people were hardened to God. He summarized it this way: “An ox recognizes its owner; a donkey recognizes where its owner puts its food; but Israel does not recognize [God].” God even prepared Isaiah for the arduous ministry, saying that the people won’t listen; they won’t pay attention to you. When we studied Ezekiel and Jeremiah, we saw much the same response, and it sounds much like the time in which we are living.
If you were to be hired, like Isaiah, to do a job and God said, Oh, by the way, you won’t be successful; would you walk away or “hang in there” year after year after year? It takes commitment to do God’s work.
When God calls you to do ministry for him, know this truth, “you are called, wrapped in God’s love and kept for His Son, Jesus Christ.” [Jude 1] That was Isaiah’s understanding and what encouraged him through four different governments.
Psalm 103 & Isaiah 40 Isaiah must have been a bird watcher. He listed some spiritual principles and spiritual lessons to learn from the eagle: “those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” [Is 40]
The eagle pictures the biblical marriage vows, committing to living together “until death do us part.” “For this reason, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” [Gen 2] Then together they build their “home” at the top of trees or cliffs where they securely can raise their young.
Like the eagle, believers are to be “spiritually vigorous until death.” [Constable] Eagles remain vigorous, symbolizing power, freedom, and transcendence exceeding in superiority to the end of their lives, which can be up to thirty-eight years. They have been blessed with a superior vision to see their prey up to three miles away. So too, believers have the indwelling Holy Spirit who anoints us with a spiritual vision to spot false doctrines and teachers.
Just as the eagle never surrenders to its prey but fights them to the end, we too should fight the spiritual forces of this darkness dressed in our spiritual armor and never surrender to them. [Eph 6]
Joshua told the Israelites to “choose you this day whom you will serve.” [Joshua 24:15] And that same choice is given to us.