DATE WRITTEN: Tuesday, 2020-07-28
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Isaiah 64:6-9
TRANSLATION: New Century Version (NCV)
BIBLE TEXT: 6 All the right things we have done are like filthy pieces of cloth.
All of us are like dead leaves, and our sins, like the wind, have carried us away.
7 No one worships you or even asks you to help us. That is because you have turned away from us and have let our sins destroy us.8 But Lord, you are our father. We are like clay, and you are the potter; your hands made us all.
9 Lord, don’t continue to be angry with us; don’t remember our sins forever.
Please, look at us, because we are your people.
OBSERVATION: Like Isaiah, we have every reason to look up to God and question ‘Who am I that a King should live and die for’, for our most righteous words and actions are but dirty rags to a holy, righteous and loving God. Yet in verse 9 the precious words ring out to our Potter, our Master and our God: ‘But remember us, for we are Your children’. What sobering words, and what an awesome reminder for us today. Yes, He is the Potter and we are the clay, Lord, please mold us and Make us holy thine. Meditate with me as we continue this thought today.
APPLICATION: I remember as a child I would feel very proud at times before my parents. Yet there were times that I felt very ashamed and unworthy to be called their son. Isaiah has reminded us that in spite of our best efforts here on earth, our words and our deeds, that we may tend to feel are righteous, are as dirty rags to the God of our universe. So you might wonder and ask: then why should we bother? I believe that our Scripture is reminding us very much like an earlier study of Isaiah 58, where we were reminded that if we are bold enough to enter into a fast before God, then that could only be as effective as our relationship is at the moment with God. In our case today, I believe the Word is declaring that we needn’t come before God talking about our righteousness at a time when we are hiding our sin in our closet, or in our back pocket. You see, we might think that we could hide our wickedness from our pastor, or our best friend, and still go on pretending to love them and live ’holy’ lives. However, when we are dealing with God, it is much like living in a glass house, for He sees and knows everything about us. I believe that we are being encouraged here to deal with our problems – bring them into the light, and fully resolve them, for God sees and knows all things anyway. God knows that we are challenged to handle such sensitive matters, so He made Himself available to us. While in this world, we are influenced by the world, and we tend to feel like we need to act just like the world if we expect to receive their approval. However, as we surrender our lives to Christ, we are saying much like Isaiah said in verse 8: here we are laden with the filth of this world, but we are Yours Lord, so please mold us like one would do with clay, for we really want to look and act like You even while remaining on earth, until You call us home to glory. Friends, I believe that it is only through this process of surrender that we truly give up on pleasing the world, and instead allow God to shape us into His image so that the world would recognize Jesus in action through our words and deeds. The world is unchanged by another individual just like them, who acts and speaks as bad, or worse than them. They are looking for a refreshed, new, or renewed look that reminds them of their Father. Only then will they see and acknowledge a bright new future – one that they could hold on to throughout eternity. This requires a renewed person – one who has been shaped and molded by Jesus Christ Himself. If you have not met Him personally yet, please review my Footnote and be sure to read the Scriptures behind the link for ‘To Know Jesus’. Of course, I would be happy to pray with you, and for you, if you email me also.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You created us to be holy and to worship You faithfully in Spirit and in Truth. Unfortunately, we have drifted far enough away from that ideal, so on behalf of my faithful readers and I, I come before You in all humility, asking that You forgive us our sins, and that You humble us as we seek Your face. Lord, it seems like we just wallow deeper in our sin each day, and we drift further and further away from Your ideals. Please Lord, draw us away and make us into something that You could use to reach our lost and evil world. You are the Potter, and we are the clay. Oh that we might be fully pliable so that You may have Your perfect way in our lives. AMEN!
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