Isaiah 64:4 (NLT) For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! 5 You welcome those who gladly do good, who follow godly ways. But you have been very angry with us, for we are not godly. We are constant sinners; how can people like us be saved? 6 We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags.
We may try hard to be perfect, but find ourselves frustrated. Some of us may be troubled by this, and we probably avoid thinking about it. We try not to feel the shame and guilt that come with violating these Godly values that we’ve taken as our own. We may pretend that everything is fine with us and focus on another person’s addiction to avoid our own inner conflict.
Isaiah tells us, “Because he is righteous, the Lord has exalted his glorious law. But his own people have been robbed and plundered, enslaved, imprisoned, and trapped. The people would not walk in his path, nor would they obey his law” (Isaiah 42:21-22, 24). The words translated obey literally mean “take it to heart.” God wanted his people to take his law to the depth of their being. This is the part of us where we feel, think, and choose. Do you take the things of God to heart?
The law of God is designed to magnify God’s righteousness, not ours! “We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). When we are powerless over sin to the point where we become enslaved and unprotected, God wants us to “take it to heart.”
Point to ponder- When we allow ourselves to feel and think and choose in response to our own powerlessness, we are on our way to finding God’s power, the only power that enables all each of us to be liberated.
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