Friday, September 26, 2014

Isaiah 1:17-18 -- On Learning and Reasoning

"Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Isaiah 1:17-18

I love the fact that even though God can think circles around us, he takes the time to teach us, and to reason with us.  He is our father, sitting down with us and listening to our often-childish arguments, and helping us to understand at our level of understanding.  And he shows us more and more as we are able to comprehend it.
Here, God helps us to understand some of the things that we can do to clean up our lives.  It isn't enough to excise the bad.  We need to replace it with something good, and he gives us some examples. :)  He helps us to understand that our sins and mistakes don't condemn us forever.  We can change.  We can sit down and talk to the Lord, and figure it out, no matter how bad it is.
Today, let's learn to do better and to be better than we have been.  Let's learn to do well, to relieve the suffering of the people around us.  And let's have hope that we can overcome our past selves and be clean and bright and more amazing than we could ever hope, as we reason with, and look to God.  He is our salvation.

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