Because of the importance of Israel and its people, and my personal love for The Land, I’m inviting you to join me through the key Old Testament book of Isaiah. Each day I’m posting some simple thoughts about this complex prophet.
Here is a humbling, yet, an encouraging chapter today.
The Master said: “These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their hearts aren’t in it. Because they act like they’re worshiping me but don’t mean it, I’m going to step in and shock them awake, astonish them, stand them on their ears. The wise ones who had it all figured out will be exposed as fools. The smart people who thought they knew everything will turn out to know nothing.” (v13-14, MSG).
How many times have we made a big show out of worship? How may times have I, as a pastor and prior to that an event producer, made a big show out of worship? Once I was responsible for 12,000 people coming together for one church service at a public arena. It was a big deal! Hopefully, those who attended saw past the big stage, the celebrity worship leader, the lights and sound system. With humility, I believe most worship leaders, pastors and producers do their best to make worship about providing a space where a heart to heart connection with God is encouraged and facilitated.
Isaiah’s word for the day is a good reminder to bring our heart-felt worship to the Father, every day, not just on Sundays. And to not act arrogantly. I don’t want to be stood on my ear or called out by God as a fool, do you?
There is great reassurance as this chapter ends with a true promise:
“And finally this, God’s Message for the family of Jacob, the same God who redeemed Abraham: “No longer will Jacob hang his head in shame, no longer grow gaunt and pale with waiting. For he’s going to see his children, my personal gift to him—lots of children. And these children will honor me by living holy lives. In holy worship they’ll honor the Holy One of Jacob and stand in holy awe of the God of Israel.”” (v22-23, MSG).
That’s life change! That’s true heart transformation! We are called to live holy lives and honor God in holy worship. Let’s do that!
We don’t need to hold our head in shame. Can we stand in holy awe of God and worship Him in Spirit and in truth today? Sunday? Every day?
If you’re new to this journey through Isaiah, you can start here.
(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.