In whose ways do we walk…

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Isaiah 64:1-12

 

 Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence—

 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at your presence!

 When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

 From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.

 You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?

 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

 There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.

But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

 Be not so terribly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.

Your holy cities have become a wilderness; Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

 Our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins.

 Will you restrain yourself at these things, O LORD? Will you keep silent, and afflict us so terribly?

 

We are warned over and over again of the wrath of God. It comes to those who know him, are called by his name when they leave his ways. That is a fearful place to be. Jesus said to

…fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell…“Matthew 10:28

How many of us will continue to stand for him in his name should the persecution that is faced by other brothers and sisters around the globe be ours to face? Are we doing scripture or just hearing only? Do we know the word to be sure to follow it or are we dependent upon another to lead us? That is a place to use caution. The Bereans searched the scripture after hearing Paul. Be sure what we hear is accurate. As we can see from these passages in Israel God always has the last word. Let us not be found in the place spoken of here, facing the wrath of God

 

Be not so terribly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity forever. Behold, please look, we are all your people.

Your holy cities have become a wilderness; Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

Our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins.

Will you restrain yourself at these things, O LORD? Will you keep silent, and afflict us so terribly?

 

Rather let us be in the place of obedience to God Almighty. Let us say with the prophet

 

O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways.

 

Let us remember His ways and walk in them alone.

 

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