Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Isaiah 59:7-10

"Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men."
Isaiah 59:7-10

The beginning of this chapter says that God always has the ability to save us, but that we separate ourselves from God through sin.  And this is an illustration of that.  As a society, we very often run to evil to embrace it, thinking about it all the time, and we never learn peace.  And that is the reason that we can't have peace or judgment in our lives.  That is why we look for light and don't find it... not because the light isn't there, but because we've blinded ourselves, and even though it is noon, and light is all around us, we've cloaked ourselves so it can't touch us.  Blindfolded, we walk around like it is midnight.
There is hope here though.  The way of peace is something that we can still learn.  And although we don't act like it very often, we still do have eyes.  We are still alive, even though we behave as though we were already spiritually dead.  So, today, let's clean the cobwebs of iniquity out of our minds.  Let's turn to God, and ask him to teach us the way of peace.  Instead of waiting for light, let's make the effort to remove our blindfolds... to live, making ourselves better, making the world better, and never letting ourselves be blind enough to accept the darkness as our reality again.

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