6 Because the Lord said this to me: “Go, set a watchman in position. He must make known what he sees. 7 And he will see a rider, a pair of horsemen, a rider of a donkey, a of a camel, and he must listen alertly, paying attention, paying much attention.” 8 And the lion called, “Lord, I stand on a watchtower constantly by day, and I stand at my post all of the night, 9 and I watch this! A man’s chariot is coming, a pair of horsemen on it!” and he replied and said, “It has fallen! Babylon has fallen! And all the statues of her gods — smashed on the ground!” 10 My subjugated people and the son of my threshing floor, I will make known to you what I have heard from Yahveh of armies, the God of Israel.
a watchman in position
The watchman Isaiah set in position was himself. He saw by virtue of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that Yahveh of armies was in the process of bringing down Babylon. He saw a chariot coming to announce the downfall of the empire. He had the chance to proclaim to God’s subjugated people a hope of rescue and revival because pagan Babylon would be defeated and replaced. He saw history before it happened. That is one of the things God’s word does for his people. It gives us hope because it enables us to see what is going to happen next, and after that. The word cannot believe for us. We still have to put our faith in the word for it to give us hope. Otherwise, it is to us just words on a page. But what God says will come to pass. The LORD of armies still changes the world we live in. Will our generation be able to proclaim to this world what God is doing? — Only if we have watchmen in position, watching his revelation, paying close attention to what he has revealed.
LORD, post us to our watching positions. Enable us to see what is coming next, and proclaim that to a senseless and dull generation.