Isaiah 59 simply speaks the truth. As the people of Israel lamented their troubles and struggles, Isaiah lays it out pretty clearly. Everything Israel was going through, God wanted to fix. Sadly, while God’s arms are long enough to reach out and correct what was wrong; their sin prevented it. While He heard their complaints and concerns clear enough; their7==9 behavior drowns out his response. Israel cannot behave like the world and expect to be treated with favor over the rest of the world.
Make no mistake, God never expected His people to be perfect. He watched them from the beginning and saw their warts and imperfections. He put fear into animals because He knew men were bent toward evil. Still, he spent the rest of the days preparing his own to face the world and asked that they humbly follow. He led them to the promised land. He gave them their inheritance. He allowed them to flourish as a nation and Gave them law and great leadership. Still repeatedly, as they became prosperous, they also became less dependent upon God. They took life into their own hands and repeated the sinful ways of those that had gone before. God never stopped loving them, but He did allow them to face the response to their independence.
Still, today, God loves His chosen. We are reminded in Romans 5:8,”God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God’s arm is still long enough to reach out. His ears are sharp enough to hear our cries. We are our own worst enemy, we are the ones that block the Lord’s intervention. How? By failing to seek, ask, and knock. We do not respond to His lead, nor, do we walk humbly in the path He has set before us.
Then and now it is our behavior that causes God to stop short from blessing us. Each one of us need simply to repent, confess our sin, and return to a trusting relationship with the Lord. Choose each day whom you will serve. Joshua said it first, but He never claimed He cornered that market. We each can join Him by choosing to serve the Lord. Please pray and join me in that endeavor, today!
God Bless You
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;
2 but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood
and your fingers with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies;
your tongue mutters wickedness.
4 No one enters suit justly;
no one goes to law honestly;
they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies,
they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.
5 They hatch adders’ eggs;
they weave the spider’s web;
he who eats their eggs dies,
and from one that is crushed a viper is hatched.
6 Their webs will not serve as clothing;
men will not cover themselves with what they make.
Their works are works of iniquity,
and deeds of violence are in their hands.
7 Their feet run to evil,
and they are swift to shed innocent blood;
their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
desolation and destruction are in their highways.
8 The way of peace they do not know,
and there is no justice in their paths;
they have made their roads crooked;
no one who treads on them knows peace.
9 Therefore justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not overtake us;
we hope for light, and behold, darkness,
and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind;
we grope like those who have no eyes;
we stumble at noon as in the twilight,
among those in full vigor we are like dead men.
11 We all growl like bears;
we moan and moan like doves;
we hope for justice, but there is none;
for salvation, but it is far from us.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied before you,
and our sins testify against us;
for our transgressions are with us,
and we know our iniquities:
13 transgressing, and denying the Lord,
and turning back from following our God,
speaking oppression and revolt,
conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words.