The prophet Isaiah has much to teach us about needed areas of repentance for today. He also teaches us what we can do personally to stay faithful.
Do you struggle with sin? Are you overwhelmed with your wandering heart? That is good. Some do not notice. If you notice you are still on the path to the Heavenly Bridegroom. How can we walk more firmly on His path? Where should our focus be as we stumble along wondering about God and our many questions and failures?
Is.1:2.” Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken:” The Lord has spoken, yet this calls for the heavens and earth to hear. This tells us God spoke for a while. Since His people are not listening, He calls heaven and earth as witnesses. Heaven and earth have more sense than God’s people.
So, what is God’s complaint?
2b “I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me;” The Lord nourished, fed, trained in right living yet the people of God have rebelled against Him. The word for rebelled is pasha in Hebrew. It means to, ” break away (from just authority) apostatize, revolt.” This definition is God’s view of Israel’s sin of our sin. Idolatry in ancient history included sexual fornication with cult prostitutes. Do you rebel against God’s will, doubt His goodness during pain?
Like these ancients after the sexual revolution we too worship our desires with sex. God’s witnesses to us is that sex is meant for marriage only. We have become so hard of hearing about this truth that He has called heaven and earth to witness. Yet, sex is only one type of idolatry. We too worship the work of our hands, our riches and our will. We want what we want.
The Donkey Wins Yet He Loves Us
Is. 1:3. “The ox knows its owner And the donkey its master’s crib; ”An ox knows where to go to get fed, a donkey knows where the master keeps the food. “But Israel does not know, My people do not consider.” God compares His people to a donkey, and the donkey wins because His people rarely think of Him. His people are blinded by their own desires. They want their own will so much they have allowed deception to blind them to the grieving heart of God. They do not consider.
Heb. 12:3 “For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” This scripture tells us to consider Him. The context is persecution. Many sin because of temptation and others because they fear ridicule, they fear the cost of obedience.
Failure in the Kingdom
What if you fail Him? You are not a failure when you fail. Did you learn from the failure event? Then you have succeeded. You are in process. Keep your eyes on Him. He is with you even when you cannot feel Him. Press in to Him, do not run away.
The answer to our sin and compromise is to look to Jesus’ suffering, we will not grow weary no matter the temptation. As we see and identify with Him, He will lead us to repentance. Hear O, Church and seek the Lord our Bridegroom today and learn to love Him with your whole heart. Time to surrender to love.
©2018 Debra Webster