“Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men, Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work Among this people, A marvelous work and a wonder; For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.” Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the Lord, And their works are in the dark; They say, “Who sees us?” and, “Who knows us?” Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, “He did not make me”? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?”
Isaiah 29:13-16 NKJV
Hide and seek
When I was a kid, I thought that I could fool my mother. I would engage in mischief and try and hide it, thinking she would never know. There came a time when I realized how much my mother really knew. You see, mamas know their little ones. Eventually, I stopped trying to do things that I had to hide, and acknowledged her understanding of me. The thought that she knew the bad things that I had done made me feel so ashamed.
Israel was like an unruly child, living in unbelief, thinking that God had no understanding of the wickedness of their hearts. They still praised the Lord with their lips, still did some of the things they were obliged to do, but their hearts were far from God.
The were like foolish children closing their eyes and thinking that because they could not see God, He could not see them. There is no playing hide and seek with the LORD.
Reading Isaiah chapter 29 this morning reminded me of the state of affairs in the world, and more importantly, the New Testament Church. The world, foolish, operates like there is no God, like all things will continue on the status quo. We think we can fix things happening in our world, such as climate change. In truth, climate change is real, but it is part of a supernatural plan as God softens the world for the work He is about to do.
Those of us in the church are also caught up in unbelief, as we are pleading ignorance, not relying on the Lord, and failing to see His hand in the events occurring around us. We find ourselves consumed with fleshly concerns, looking to elected officials who are actually chasing the buck, and not really concerned about the events unfolding in the world.
In our pursuit of the works of men, we are mocking God. Like those in Isaiah’s time, our lips praise the Lord, but our hearts are somewhere else.
It is a struggle. Lately I have been getting political videos framed as prayer requests. The only prayers I pray for politicians are for their salvation, as nearly all are lost. I couldn’t care less if a given political figure goes to prison or not. More than likely they deserve it.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Galatians 6:7-9 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us sow to the Spirit. There is no longer a status quo, as the Lord has already begun is flipping of the planet. Everyday, I hear the word “unprecedented.” I like to track earthquakes. There used to be a time when most were in the 2.0 range on the Richter scale. These days 4s and 5s. Last week there were six in the 6.9-8.1 range. Talk about earthquakes in diverse places.
“Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.”
Luke 21:10-11 NKJV
We are in rebellion against the One who saved us, who set us free from the bondage to sin and death. Let us return and seek God once again. Let us not take counsel from those who do not acknowledge God, but instead run to the Scriptures, where we can find truth.
There is woe to those who rebel, as many are feeling deep stress, due to forgetting that God is the peace maker. When we turn to anything or anyone other than the Lord, we invite the stress of the trial on us directly, and we bear the brunt of the pain without support or recourse.
““Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord, “Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin; Who walk to go down to Egypt, And have not asked My advice, To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, And to trust in the shadow of Egypt!”
Isaiah 30:1-2 NKJV
Trust in the Lord!
We are on mission, and that is our priority. People are dying and going to hell.
“It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes.”
Psalms 118:8-9 NKJV
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