How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”
Written by: Kyle Glenn
A couple of years ago, I had an opportunity to go on a 10-day hike with a group of 12 other men. The ascent took us to an elevation of over 20,000 feet. We began the hike in over 100-degree temps. Rain accompanied us most of the way up until it eventually turned to snow. You can only imagine what my feet looked like at the end of the hike. Let’s just say they were not beautiful.
In verse 7, Isaiah does not say the mountains are beautiful, he says the feet which walk upon them are. What makes them beautiful? It is the message that they carry. Isaiah describes to us that the message carried by Jesus and His followers is one of life, good news, and peace. There is no mention of the problems the messenger might be having. The beauty of the messenger is found in the message they carry, not in the circumstance of the messenger. Jesus is the one who ultimately carried good news to us. Despite the nail scars in His feet, the feet of Jesus were beautiful; they brought life to us.
It may not be upon mountains, but today, many of us will walk into a room with little peace. We might enter into an environment with little hope, a home that feels like it is in despair or an office that is lacking joy. But because Jesus goes before us, beauty will enter the room. With the power of the Holy Spirit accompanying us, our feet carry the good news of great joy.
Thought of the day: When you enter a room, your home, your office, or a coffee shop, what message are you carrying? Is the room more peaceful because you are there? How might you bring encouragement to those you pass along the way today?
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for being my messenger of good news, peace, and joy. Thank You Holy Spirit for going on the journey with me today. I ask for wisdom to see what You see today, the courage to do what needs to be done, and perseverance to finish the day well.