The vision of Isaiah…in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah (Isaiah 1:1).
Israel (the 10 northern tribes) was in the final stages of collapse, with kings only serving short spans, idolatry running rampant, and enemies closing in on every side. Isaiah boldly proclaimed that Judah was on the same path unless she repented and turned wholly to God.
Isaiah had the same message for four kings:
- Uzziah—who started off well, but fell away from God
- Jotham—who faithfully served God
- Ahaz—who never wanted to serve God
- Hezekiah—who led a powerful revival in the return to worshiping God alone
Isaiah’s message never waivers. Through 66 chapters, 4 monarchs, and 60 years of ministry, Isaiah never compromises, waters down, nor alters the message God has given him.
But he does use different methods to deliver God’s consistent message—sometimes he thunders, sometimes he weeps, sometimes he uses illustrated messages, sometimes he speaks plainly, and sometimes he uses word pictures.
A mark of a godly leader is one who is both immovable and flexible.
Immovable on God’s principles; flexible on his delivery.
Can that be said of you and me?
This is part 21 in my series on godly leadership. You can check out all of my posts on this topic by clicking here.