Friday, November 29, 2019 | Pastor Kevin
The beginning of the chapter creates an assumption that God has done something to save His people or make their lives better. The prophet praises Yahweh for His "perfect faithfulness" and the "marvelous things" He has done. He then shares with us the details of the destruction of Jerusalem and the rubble heaps that he is currently looking at. How can a life-long citizen praise the Lord for the destruction of his hometown? Isaiah understands that the Jews will never repent and return to the Lord if they are not forced out of their homeland and away from their traditions. He knows that they will never reconnect fully with God until they lose everything and have nothing left. Most Jews believed that the temple would stand forever and that Jerusalem would never fall into captivity. They were incorrect on both accounts. They did not grasp that God does not love buildings or cities; He loves people, and He wants His people to experience the best life has to offer. He knows that will only happen if they are walking closely with Him; therefore, the destruction of the temple and of the holy city were vital to their eventual revival. Isaiah's praise is not for what he physically sees but for what He spiritually knows to be true. How shallow are we in comparison? We praise God when times are good and everyone is healthy, but we lose faith when difficult times hit and our loved ones are suffering. We blame God or offer Him all kinds of platitudes and promises hoping to manipulate Him into doing our will. Isaiah does try to manipulate or micromanage God's plan; He simply praises God for not only doing what He promised, but what was most needed for His people's future success.
Help me, Lord, to praise You no matter what comes my way simply because You are sovereign and in total control. Help me to stop trying to manipulate and micromanage Your plan and surrender fully to it even when I do not care for it.