READ : Isaiah 64
Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down! (v. 1)
If ever the Bible spoke to us in a down to earth way, it is in this chapter. Using his
own terms, Isaiah addresses our situation. When he speaks of Zion in ruins and the Lord’s
house burnt to the ground, isn’t it easy to transpose the description to the way the world
triumphs over the church today? Even the biggest churches reach only a tiny percentage of
the surrounding population, and all around the world Christian churches and people can be
attacked with impunity.
The prophet also addresses our thoughts: Why is God silent in the face of such enmity?
In reply he asks another question and proposes action. The question is this: Do we realize
how deeply our sins offend our God (vv. 6-7)? It is sin which makes us helpless and
ineffective; it is sin which angers and alienates him, and makes him hide his face. If
even our best is to him as filthy rags, is it any wonder he turns aside?
But please learn what to do: the way of prayer is still open (vv. 8-9). Though we are the cause of the offense, it is still the case that the only way to flee from God’s wrath is to flee to him. He is still our Father; we are still his people.
Lord, deliver us from judgment.