Archive for December 8th, 2008

Isaiah 59

Isaiah 59 contains some harsh truth.  Seems the people want to blame God for the state of their situation.  But Isaiah makes it really clear who the culprit is: “There’s nothing wrong with God; the wrong is in you. Your wrongheaded lives….Your sins….Your hands….your fingers….Your lips….your tongue”.  How come we always want to point fingers whenever there are any issues in life?  Or maybe that is just me.  When things aren’t going like I expect, I immediately look around for who to blame.  Do you catch yourself doing that?  One of the long lost things in society today is personal accountability, and since God is mostly a silent observer, why not blame Him?  After all He created this mess anyway.  Right?  Not exactly.  The problem is not with God nor His creation.  As Isaiah clearly points out, the problem is with you and me.

 

Our sins stand up and accuse us….mocking and denying God, not following our God”.  That straight enough for you to see?  The issue is that we don’t follow God’s direction and plan for His creation.  We want to do it our way.  We insist on being in control and pleasing our own desires.  Isaiah goes on to say “Justice is beaten back, Righteousness is banished to the sidelines, Truth staggers down the street, Honesty is nowhere to be found, 15 Good is missing in action”.  Wow – that could describe today couldn’t it?  The answer is yes because sin is not new to us today.  Sin has been a reality since the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve first chose to do it their way.  And we are pretty darn good at keeping up that attitude today as well.  We have to put God back where He belongs – front and center.  He has made a covenant with us – He has not given up.  He has set us up for success: “My Spirit that I’ve placed upon you and the words that I’ve given you to speak”.  God has given us the tools to succeed in our relationship with Him.  The only wild card really is you and me.  Will we take what God has given and use it to have a deep relationship with Him – to trust and obey?  You in?

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