Isaiah 66: Making a Choice
Welcome to the final chapter of Isaiah! Personally, this is been the most challenging book I have had to write about yet simply because of all of the prophecy and the background knowledge that is needed to understand that prophecy. However, we made it through, and we will be moving on to Jeremiah tomorrow.
In Isaiah 66, we are still hearing about the new heaven and new earth, but I found something very interesting near the beginning of the passage.
Isa 66:3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
Isa 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
This really makes me think about the choices that we have to make every day. We can follow after the abominations. We can continue in our sinful ways, and we can operate like we are the final authority on everything.
On the other hand, we can listen for the call of God, and we can do what He is telling us to do. How do we discern the will of God? Prayer is helpful, and reading the Bible can answer questions. Talking to and getting advice from wise Christians can also help.
The point is that we can make a choice. We can continue in sin, or we can try our best to follow what God would have for us. We won’t be perfect as we follow God; that is a reality. However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t try to follow God perfectly. The point of our Christian walk is to walk even closer with God and to become the people that He wants us to be.