Isaiah 29 – So Close, Yet So Far
If we believe this passage is the Word of God, then what should be different about our lives?
1) We will never think we can fake out God. This doesn’t mean quit worshipping Him. This doesn’t mean we need to be perfect before we worship. No, it means we come to Him honestly, from contrite hearts, in humility, repentant, with thanksgiving for His grace and mercy.
2) We will refuse to go through the motions, no matter what those motions might be, whether formal or informal, whether planned or unplanned, whether in public or in private. We will commit ourselves to worship from the heart, from hearts purified by God. We will continually ask ourselves, “Where is my heart?”
3) We will seek God’s guidance in unlocking the truth. We will not trust our own wisdom, or the wisdom of the wise among us. Instead, we will ask God Himself, we will invite the Holy Spirit to guide us. This plan of God is meant to be known, God wants to reveal Himself. But He will not when we do not allow Him to be God. When we think we are all that, this book becomes just words on a page, it becomes a list of rules. But for those who yield their hearts to God, it becomes the words of life.
4) We will put our trust in the One who put the glory of God on display in the heart of Jerusalem. It is our only hope. It is God’s plan, always has been, always will be. Whatever we do, we do not want to be declared to be close but oh so far away. Amen?