Today’s question is as follows:
Will you eat or will you be eaten?
Sometimes things need to be boiled down to the bare bones – to the absolute basics. God sometimes goes the long way around with us and He is ever so patient. But then comes the time when He just gets tired of the games we play. This is just what happens here in this passage in Isaiah 1.
God gives Isaiah this vision of just how wicked the Jews have been. Isaiah spends the entire chapter almost giving the people a tongue lashing, and explaining that God is tired of their offerings, of their so called prayers and their so called worship. They are going through the motions of worship, but their hearts are not in it. Ouch! Maybe that struck a chord with you? I know there have been times in my life when I go to church and I go through the motions. Nothing is super-real. I just do what I know is expected from me. Actually, I am trying to please the people around me, while inside I know that God is not fooled. well this is what is happening here with the people of Judah.
Eventually God comes right down to it and He makes things really easy to understand. God says… Look here’s the choice before you today:
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.
So that is a simple yes/no question. Are you going to be obedient? Yes, then you will be blessed and you will eat from the good things the land has to offer. But if your answer is No… then:
if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword
Some people like to say things straight out. Other people don’t like the conflict that brings so they are diplomatic and don’t say what they really mean. God uses diplomacy on occasion but most of the time God likes to keep things simple:
Obey and be blessed, or rebel and be destroyed.
The same choice is yours and mine today. Every day we have the chance to move ahead in our life with the Lord, through obedience. But if we rebel, we will find the consequence of abandoning our walk with God, is terrible. It’s not God’s fault when the consequences come, although many people blame God. God is not to blame when our rebellion leads to trouble.
Let today’s message remind you that God offers us a choice. I hope that you and me alike will obey Him today and every day. God Bless.