“Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.” – Isaiah 30:8
For a life verse, this one may seem a bit peculiar. I doubt that it makes the average top-ten list of favorite verses. When I read it for the first time, though, I immediately stopped there. My intention of covering a few chapters during my quiet time suddenly took a different direction. I read the verse over and over again.
The first word of the verse says “Go” and the last word says “witness.” Go witness. Written in the imperative, this verse is a command that is clearly consistent with the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19). Moreover, everything in between instructs us on how to witness: write it down. The purpose of writing our testimony is “for the days to come,” for future generations, for our own children – to read and know the mighty work of God in our lives.
The second word of the verse says “now.” For many years I have said to myself and to God, “I’ll start writing when I finish graduate school.” Or “I’ll start writing when all three of my kids are in school.” But this verse leaves room for neither compromise nor procrastination. God spoke through this verse: Stop waiting for the timing to be perfect. Stop waiting for the words to be perfect. Go now. Start writing. Be my witness.