I came across the passage in Isaiah 59 that talks about God’s Warnings against Sin. What struck me the most about this passage was how accurately it depicts the world we live in today. Isaiah begins by explaining that God is still willing and infinitely able to save the people, but it is their sins that have “cut them off from God.” In fact, it’s “because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.” (v. 1-2) Tell me this doesn’t describe the direction our country is headed?! The reason for this is simple- in the same way light and darkness can’t coexist, good and evil cannot either because God himself despises sin! (Proverbs 28:13) Continuing on in the passage verses 9-20 deeply resonated with me in terms of the state our society is in these days:
“So there is no justice among us, and we know nothing about right living. We look for light but only find darkness. We look for bright skies but walk in gloom. We grope around like the blind along a wall, feeling our way like people without eyes. Even at brightest noontime, we stumble as though it were dark. Among the living, we are like the dead. We growl like hungry bears; we moan like mournful doves. We look for justice, but it never comes. We look for rescue, but it is far away from us. For our sins are piled up before God and testify against us. Yes, we know what sinners we are. We know that we have rebelled and have denied the LORD, We have turned our backs on our God. We know how unfair and oppressive we have been, carefully planning our deceitful lies. Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The LORD looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was amazed to see that no one had intervened for the oppressed. So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm, and his justice sustained him. He put on righteousness as his body armor and placed the helmet of salvation on his head. He clothed himself in a robe of vengeance and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion. He will repay his enemies for their evil deeds. His fury will fall on his foes. He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth. In the west, people will respect the name of the LORD; in the east they will glorify him. For he will come like a raging flood tide driven by the breath of the LORD. “The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem to buy back those in Israel who have turned from their sins.” says the LORD.” -Isaiah 59:9-20 (New Living Translation)
It is astounding to me that even back in Bible times, people were sinning just as we do today and God’s love for His people never changes because the same is true for you and I. In the words of Lysa Terkeurst, “God is good. God is good at being God. Our job is to obey. His job is everything else!” This was the case with the people of Israel at the time: All they could do was be obedient to Him by turning from their sins and he took care of them. Earlier today when I read this I found it as no coincidence that it matches so precisely with our society today. We, as a country, need to be admitting our sins to the Lord just as the people of Israel did in this passage from Isaiah. Will you join in fervent prayer for our country? Lastly, as I praying and prepping to write this, the Lord brought 1 John 1:9 to my mind, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us all wickedness.” (New Living Translation)
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