Six Ways a Man Makes a Difference
Isaiah 32:1-8 offers a prophetic portrait of the Messiah/King who would change the world. Skimming through those verses, one easily discerns a handful of values that a man can live out in his life—values that our modeled by the Ultimate Man, that Messiah/King, Jesus Christ. Here they are, laid out simply:
- A man influences what is around him with righteousness and justice. Isaiah 32:1 shows us that from the Messiah/King we can learn this: “Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice.” Moreover, Isaiah 32:5-7 suggests that because of his sense of justice, a man will right wrongs, confront evil, and generally overcome ungodliness. “The fool will no more be called noble, nor the scoundrel said to be honorable” (Isaiah 32:5).
- A man thrives in community, not in isolation. The reference to “princes” in Isaiah 32:1 highlights the community engagement of a man. He is not alone. He must not be.
- A man provides safety for those around him—whomever they might be. Isaiah 32:2 tells us that the Messiah/King and those with him will “be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm.” Note that the Messiah/King, Jesus, and the princes who are with him, provide safety for those around them. So must I.
- But they do not just provide safety. A man seeks to satisfy and bless those around him. Isaiah 32:2 also tells us that the Messiah/King and the princes with him will be like “streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.” Think of the refreshment and care that they offer!
- A man empowers those around him to thrive. “Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will give attention. The heart of the hasty will understand and know, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly” (Isaiah 32:3-4). The Messiah/King, Jesus, and others associated with him, lift up those around him, helping them to achieve new levels of potential. A man empowers those around him to thrive. He is a giver!
- A man lives intentionally generous, with nobility of soul. Isaiah 32:8 says that “he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.” The Hebrew word for noble (nadav), suggests being inclined, willing, noble, generous, and princely. This is the way of a man, and because this is so all who are around him may be blessed. He is intentional, generous, other-centered, and life-giving in all he does.
The six values must shape the soul of every man. Take some time. Think about them. Ask yourself how you might allow these six values—modeled by the promised Messiah/King, Jesus—to work themselves out in your own life. Wh will be impacted? When? How?