(Isaiah 66:4-5) I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. 5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
In the verses above Isaiah 66:4-5, a lot is stated. The first thing I want define “evil.”
(Isaiah 3:9) The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
We find that Isaiah shows sin and evil as being synonymous, in other words “they mean the same thing.”
We as Christians need to “Hear the word of the LORD…” If we actually heard God speak, we would tremble. We have cast our “fear of the LORD” away to the point we don’t even look back to see if He is watching. We don’t care. We have driven ourselves so far from God that it will be a miracle if we can ever find our way back. In our text, God is talking about His chosen people, believers.
This devotional is to believers. We as believers have allowed the world and our government to control our lives. We never concern ourselves with God, but we will sure consider Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and all the other elected officials.
Our problem is, I believe, we have forgotten how to Glorify God. Maybe some never knew how, but for most who call themselves Christians, we have forgotten because there was never a reason to continue.
Our scripture tells us “…Let the LORD be Glorified…” The “Let” tells us we must do something for the LORD to be Glorified.
(Romans 12:2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We as individual Christians must be transformed back to what we were before. We are the only one who can change our mind. God will help, but we must have that willing mind. This is the only way we can ever approach and enter into the “…will of God.”
Consider doing the best you can. Consider calling on God, and ask Him to help you back to the center of His love, to the center of His will. Now that you have considered, now just do it.
Bro John R. E Chastain