Isaiah 64 has the prophet recalling God’s amazing power and glory. And he reminds us of the why – “to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence”. If we’re going to summarize what we are to do as Christ followers on this planet today – that’s it. We are to make God known to the nations. We do that the exact same way that Isaiah does here – by recalling the wonders of His hand and the glory of His creation. We do it by living with His power in our life. We merely expose God to the world we live in.
The truth of the matter is that God has already done plenty. “When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence”. God doesn’t need us to convince people of who He is. We merely need to remind them and point them to His majesty. “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him”. It’s undeniable stuff – overwhelming and beyond what any man can imagine.
While God’s done amazing and great works, man has a problem. In a word it is called sin. “You were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved”? Sin is a problem. It makes us unclean and separates us from God. It prevents us from living in close fellowship with the Creator. It is a problem, and must be faced or it will prevent us from spending eternity with our Father. Most importantly is the reality that we cannot deal with it on our own. We’ll come up short. We need a Savior – and His name is Jesus Christ. He alone is the atonement for our sin. He alone can free us from the price sin will cost us if not addressed. “All our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment”.
God wants to work in our life. “O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand”. He loves us and wants to shape and mold us into what He desires. He has a plan. He is our Father and we are His. We need to cry out for mercy that God’s love will cause Him to deal with mercy and mold us into what He desires. But we have to address that which separates us from Him – our sin. We need to confess, repent and receive His offer of Salvation through Christ. Then God can take us and mold us into a new being that brings Him glory and honor and praise!