It would be easy to read this chapter and judge the inhabitants of Jerusalem and Judah.  Before doing so, however, I think we need to shine the spotlight on ourselves and specifically on our own personal sin.  They were fools for sin, and so are we.  They gave up God's provision, His protection, and His future plans to worship idols and sexual perversion.  How much have we given up for sin?  How many marriages have failed and how many relationships with our children have fallen apart because of sin?  How many lives have been lost because of our sin?  We can never do enough good to offset the evil in our lives yet Isaiah says, "come now, let us reason together," says the Lord.  Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."  We gladly admit that our sins are as scarlet; they have stolen our innocence and silenced our spirit, but God offers us forgiveness and cleansing.  He is willing to make us "white as snow" through the perfect blood of Messiah shed for you and for me.  That blood is the only blood that could wash our sins away, and Isaiah depended upon it as much as you and I do.  The people were walking in deep sin and still fulfilling their religious duties.  They offered sacrifices and joined in the feasts and festivals of the Jewish tradition.  They did what any good Jew should do, but it meant absolutely nothing, because it was done in vain.  God does not want our religious duty; He wants our faithful submission to His plan and His purpose for our lives.  Is that too much to ask?  

Help me, Lord, to bask in Your forgiveness and Your faithfulness.  Help me to see myself as You see me and to depend even more upon You for my hope and my peace on this earth and throughout eternity.