Thursday Reflection – June 27, 2019
Declare the works of God
God says, “From this time forward I make you hear new things, hidden things that you have not known.” Isaiah 48:6
“Outward conformity to Yahweh, but their real interest and concern is for their gods.” This comment from Pett’s Bible Commentary gives the essence of the text in Isaiah 48. God, speaking through the prophet to Judah, in a sarcastic manner condemned the people for their pretentious religion. The people of Judah pretended they believe and honor God, but their worship and religion was a fraud. They are called by the name of God, but do not act as people of God. They swear by God’s name, but this also is false.
God told them what would happen before it happened, but they did not declare it. God revealed himself to them in many ways, but they ignored the Lord and worshipped idols. As I thought about this passage I wondered how many people who are called Christians are living a pretentious life. They call themselves Christians, but they have other gods that they worship. These other gods are not necessarily carved wooden images. No! These other gods is their money, fame, status, lifestyle etc. So even though they come to church and call themselves Christians it is a fraud for they do not truly worship God.
The text continued as God stated that these pretentious Jews who have witnessed and heard of the wonders of God fail to declare it or fail to admit it is the working of the Lord. The Lord speaks over our lives and tells us things before they happen so that when they do happen we will know that it was God. “For I know the plans I have for you.” Declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. Give God credit for what is doing in your life.
The Lord went further to say that he will make the Jews hear new things; things that have been hidden and that they have not known. Hear the Jews are presented with another opportunity to see the Lord at work. So the Lord is once again showing that He is God by declaring that he’s going to do something new, but it is up to us to believe the Lord and declare it.
Let us no longer live pretentious lives if we are living pretentious lives. God is at work in our lives and we have seen it. Give God the credit that is due his name and worship him in Spirit and Truth.
Until next week live righteous lives before a righteous God.