THE WAY BACK PDF Print

“Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to My people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins.  Yet they seek Me daily and delight to know My ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of Me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God.”  Isaiah 58:1-2 (ESV)

God gives the nation of Israel a way back.  A way back from where?  Their waywardness!

They had drifted so far from God and deluded themselves so thoroughly that they actually thought they were on the right path.  In truth, they were headed for a cliff.

God gives us a way back.  “A way back,” you ask?  Yes, please consider . . .  Are we deluded by the god of this world?  Of course we are!

Could we possibly imagine that our courtship of God would remotely win His heart?  Look at the devotion of these have-nots in Isaiah 58 and consider your offering.  The entire issue there – and here is this – God knows the heart . . . what moves it, excites it, warms its cockles!  He truly knows what the heart contains whether the owner does or not!  The content is seen by its contact.  The heart’s devotion is known by its selfless motion.

God gives us a way to Him – in truth – not in self-deluding fairy tales!  The way to Him or the way back, is to fully follow. 

Observe . . .

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”  Isaiah 58:6-7 (ESV)

Surrender, selflessness, sacrifice . . . these are the marks of the sanctified!

– Dale

 

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