In a world that is fascinated with beauty and fame and power, what is really beautiful? What is a true image of beauty? What do you think of?
Today in Isaiah 52: 7-10, we get one of the more well-known passages that reference beauty. Listen to what it says:
7 How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, Your God reigns.
8 Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices,
together they sing for joy;
for in plain sight they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
9 Break forth together into singing,
you ruins of Jerusalem;
for the Lord has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.
Isaiah tells us that beautiful are the feet that announce peace. That bring good news. That share of salvation. That says that God reigns.
We are told to lift up our heads. Shout for joy. Sing. Because God brings comfort.
These feet are beautiful, not because they are feet, but they are beautiful because of what they bring: the good news of God’s restoration and hope.
God brings hope and restoration to a defeated and broken down people. They have lost their way, they have lost their hope, they have lost their belief. And the reason why those feet are beautiful is because God is saying, yes, things are bleak now. But peace and joy are coming. Don’t give into that fear. Live in that joyful hope.
Why? Because God reigns.
You think we may all need that message of hope now? God reigns. He really does. For real. No joke. God reigns. Don’t despair. Don’t fret. Don’t worry. Remember that. God reigns.
Beautiful are the feet that carry that good news today.
So, let’s have pretty feet today. Let’s take the good news of God’s reign to our work, to our family, to our schools, to our communities. Everywhere we go.
God reigns. Let’s let the world know.