READ: Isaiah 64:1-7
- If you go to the final two verses, it’s clear that Isaiah believes there is a deep indifference toward God. No one is seeking God, in spite of all that God has done in the past. There is so much indifference, in fact, that God has withdrawn Himself from Israel. It’s an exceedingly frightening thought that God would withdraw. But, God doesn’t stay where He is unwelcome. Even though He’s persistent and unrelenting, there is a point where He goes silent.
- Some of the most frightening images in the Old Testament are images of God’s departing. Think of Elijah (whose name means “Yahweh is my God”) leaving Israel (1 Kings 17). Think of the images of the prophet Ezekiel as he sees God departing the temple and leaving His holy place. Think of the silence of God from Malachi until Jesus (400 years). The very idea is both disconcerting and frightening.
- The question becomes, “Why?” Why do people stop paying attention to God? Why do His people refuse to listen to Him? What happens that we become indifferent to the voice of the One who sent His Son to die for us? Do we get complacent because there’s no retribution when we sin? Do we become apathetic because we think He’s paying no attention? Is there an arrogance that develops because we have gone or are going through the right religious motions? They are not pleasant questions, but they are questions that must be asked by God’s people.
- Read 1 Kings 17. Note the two places Elijah goes that are outside of Israel.
- Why do you think indifference sets in among God’s people?
- What do you think should be done about that kind of apathy?
PRAY: Commit to listening for and to the voice of God. Pray that you never fall into complacency in your walk with God. Pray that Madison Park remains a place where God is consistently elevated and worshiped.