In yesterday’s reading of the first half of this chapter Isaiah was saved by God’s astounding grace and immediately was ready to go where God would send Him and do whatever it was He would ask Him. God had a difficult task for Isaiah. He had messages for the people. Messages that they didn’t want but needed. Verses 9-10 read,
“And he said, “Go, and say to this people:
“‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
10 Make the heart of this people dull,
and their ears heavy,
and blind their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”
How many times had they been told these things? Countless, yet they continued to ignore it. Pride got in the way and rather than accept the truth, they let it become meaningless. Imagine you are a child it is fall, and every day as you leave for school your mother says, “Take a jacket, it will be cold later.” You’ve enjoyed a lovely summer. Every day you leave the house without your burdensome jacket. Her words, though spoken clearly, and heard by you, become a nonsensical part of the background, so routine, they do not even stand out against the other noise of the morning. You know better. You are the one out there every day. It is not cold enough for a jacket, and when it is you’ll bring your jacket then.
It is that way with God’s words for us, and for the lost. He tells us time and again. He has given us His Bible, He speaks to us directly. He gives us signs, circumstances, and discernment. He calls out, “Stop! Turn around. I love you. Let me heal you. Let me be your Daddy.” He has made the way clear, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). We’ve been told, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 3:23-24).
But we let pride tell us it is so much drivel. We harden our hearts to Him. Even once we become Christians we can fall back into the pattern of ignoring God. The Lord can have a great calling or purpose for us, and warn us that we are involved in something we shouldn’t be. While we ae crying out to God, “Why Lord? Send me a sign, tell me what to do!” He is still there faithful and unchanging, saying, “What more signs could you need. You know the truth, I’ve given you the circumstances, the teaching, the words, and the path. Walk it.”
We’ve made our hearts dull, our eyes blind, and our ears deaf to God because pride says, “we know better.” And until we either humble ourselves to admit that we are broken and God is perfect, or we experience the consequences He warned us about, we will ignore Him. Sometimes we will still not humble ourselves through the circumstances. Go back to being a kid again, the afternoons have been chilly, stepping out of the house in the mornings is darn right cold, but it isn’t enough to make you submit to your mother’s love and grab your jacket. Then you would have to admit she’s right. Now not only is the morning cold, the afternoon is cold and you are utterly coldly uncomfortable. But rather than admit Mom is right, you would rather try any other avenue. You see if your friends have an extra jacket (why would they?) You drink coffee, even though Dad said no coffee until you are 18. You shiver and suffer because you can’t humble yourself, admit you need your parents and obey them.
The Lord loves you. You have a free will and He won’t impose His will against yours. But He will keep calling. He will keep doing everything short of forcing you. He speaks, send signs and sometimes even allows calamity. Verses 11-13 read,
“Then I said, “How long, O Lord?”
And he said:
“Until cities lie waste
and houses without people,
and the land is a desolate waste,
12 and the Lord removes people far away,
and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13 And though a tenth remain in it,
it will be burned again,
like a terebinth or an oak,
whose stump remains
when it is felled.”
The holy seed is its stump.”
He doesn’t do this because He wants bad for you. He does it because He loves you and wants the best for you. He wants a relationship with you. He wants you to be the very best you can be, to be who you were created to be. The situations can get horrible. Look at the verses above. God was ready to lay Israel to waste to desolation, but He didn’t destroy it completely, he left a remnant. He left a holy seed. He made a way for salvation from the destruction. He always leaves you the choice.
There is always a way. All you have to do is humble yourself enough to see you need The Lord. The moment you can admit that, He gives you the faith to move the rest of the way. He lets your heart, mind, and soul understand and gives you the faith to believe that He is God. He, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and you can make Him Lord of your life, submitting it to Him and letting His Holy Spirit repair, restore, comfort and transform you.
He is calling you right now. Can you let go of the pride and say, “I need you Jesus, I can’t do it alone. You alone can save me. I am broken, I have done so much wrong against you. Take my life, it is yours and I am yours. Be the Lord of my life.”
If you prayed that just now, contact me or someone whom you know follows Jesus and let me or them pray with you and walk with you on your new journey.