I know that I can't catch up on my reading by going a chapter at a time, but there was something in Isaiah 29 that I thought I should point out to you. Isaiah is warning Israel of impending doom, but at the same time he is saying that the eyes of those who could make a difference have been blinded to the truth. I thought that might also be said of our modern day society. In the name of political correctness and pluralism we are choosing to allow many of the same elements in our society that brought the end to Israel and Judah. Worship at false altars, accepting sin as normal, debating issues with incredible spiritual implications as though there wasn't a right and a wrong. Do we not suffer a numbing effect when we allow pornography, sexualization, graft, greed, avarice, love of material things to occupy our airwaves and media? Do our children see these things as natural and normal? Do we lower the standard for morality and create a mindset where most anything goes?
Isaiah speaks of a people who worship but whose worship is unacceptable. They go through the motions of religion. John Wesley worried about a time when this thing that we call Methodism would be all form and no fire. That was part of the fall of Jerusalem. Will that be part of the fall of our nation as well? Eyes to see, but we do not see. Ears to hear, but we are deaf to the voice of God.
On day, all that is unrepentant will be swept away. One day only that which has been dedicated to God in Christ will remain. The sheep and the goats will be separated. Some will cry out, "when did we see you hungry or thirsty or naked?" "The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down."
Isaiah calls us to return to the temple. Examine ourselves in the light of God's instruction. Repent of our sinful ways and be restored through Christ Jesus to the Father. Rise in the power of God's spirit and begin to reclaim Israel, Grain Valley, Oak Grove and Blue Springs. Isaiah's words were true in the days in which he spoke and they are true as well today.