CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Free Speech TV, Fusion, Newsmax TV, One American News Network, The Blaze, RT America, RFD-TV, CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business… It is amazing how many news networks exist in the United States alone. One can only imagine what that list might look like as you begin to expand it internationally, or even simply to other platforms such as radio stations, podcasts, etc. Even though ancients did not have such technology, they too had a variety of sources from which they might derive information. There were writings, poets, philosophers, teachers, rabbis, messengers, heralds, town squares, assemblies, storytellers, and many other means to be sure.
It is no wonder that as the prophet Isaiah unravels the burdensome load of that divine message he carries that one hears this reoccurring theme, “Listen to Me,” over and over again (Isa. 48-53). The people in Isaiah’s time are “wearied in the multitude” of their counselors, astrologers, stargazers, and monthly prognosticators or future tellers (47:13). “Hear this, O house of Jacob,” says the Lord (48:1). God seeks to exalt and lift up the superiority of His knowledge and His words in the hope of bringing the attention of His people back to a place of true knowledge, true wisdom, and true hope. The Redeemer says, “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go. Oh, that you had heeded My commandments!” (Isa. 48:17).
Do you ever get tired of flipping on the news and hearing the same old bickering, arguing, backbiting, and wrestling among political parties, social movements, and lawmakers? What we should be doing, how we should be doing it, and the way we should be thinking about it? Can I make a suggestion? Turn it off! God is the only Teacher and “news outlet” that is really worth your time. He is the only reliable source. Perhaps find one reliable and brief source through which you may stay “up-to-date” on current events, but return the majority of your focus to Him who knows the way and the future.
If you will listen but only to Him, then your peace will be like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea, as the prophet has said (Isa. 48:18).