READ: Isaiah 64:1-9; James 1:19-27
- From the outset of this paragraph, Isaiah is calling for God to act. There is no question what Isaiah wants God to do. He wants God to show up among His people even as He did on Mount Sinai. Isaiah wants people so confronted with God’s presence that they can’t ignore Him. God has done that in the past, and Isaiah wants Him to do it again. Isaiah reminds his readers that God gladly appears to those who care to hear from Him.
- The heart of a prophet would always call for God to be present. He would want God to show up, even if it meant people would be confronted. Isaiah understood that knowing God…worshiping Him…was worth whatever it cost to rouse the heart to action. There could be no place for apathy, indifference or complacency in the heart of one who had seen God…even once.
- Would we welcome that kind of appearance? Do we want people to know God so much that we’d want them confronted? And if God didn’t “show up” in some visible way as in the days of Moses, what would we do to make Him known? Would we be willing to “show up” on His behalf? Is it possible that God is expecting us to actually become His presence among His people? Is He calling us to rouse the indifferent to action? If so, how do we do it?
- What do you think? Is God waiting for you to rouse the indifferent?
- What kinds of actions could believers do that might cause the indifferent to wake up?
- What would God have to do to convince you to represent Him?
PRAY: Commit to being God’s image and voice among your relationships. Pray that you are a catalyst for others to honor God. Call for God to be present among us.