Daily D – Isaiah 1:18-19
Isaiah 1:18, 19 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; . . .”
What does God want your you? Only what is best for you and for everyone else.
This text from Isaiah 1 has been preached, taught, and memorized by generations of multitudes. It is worth committing to memory if you have not done so already. You will find it both convicting and comforting. You will discover how God uses conviction of sin to bring us into his comforting forgiveness and perfect love.
Let’s focus on the last sentence above: “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; . . .”
Our Father in heaven knows what is best for us. He knows the results and consequences associated with every action we take or consider. He leads us toward those things most loving, most enduring, and most wonderful.
Our adversary promises better things through powerful lust, intense moments, and misspent lives. He doesn’t mention how these alternative opportunities lead to the second half of verse 19: “‘but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.’ For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
“Whatever you do,” my old professor said, “there will be results.” Which results do you prefer? What kind of consequences do you desire?
You may feel dirty and disgusting. You may feel like God could never love anyone like you. God’s whisper here should come in loud and clear like a shout from the heavens: “I love you. I will cleanse you. I will provide for you all the good things you could ever need or desire.”
Punishment is not God’s first choice. Punishment is what he allows us to receive when we deliberately and determinedly direct our lives ourselves no matter how good he is to us. Ultimately, God gives us what we want. The question is, I suppose, do you want more of God and his goodness, or more of a hell of your own creation?
Our Father in heaven offers us a settled disposition of deep, abiding, abundant living overflowing with mercy and grace. This is what he wants for you now and forever. Life is about as good as we want it to be.
I will live the good life.
Our Father, my heart is settled. I want what you want for me. Wash me. Cleanse me. Purify my heart and mind. Place your thoughts in my mind, your words in my mouth. Give me your desires. Deliver me from evil. Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.