We Must Turn to God

We must turn to God: The Bible is a continuous story on the relationship between man and God. When man pulls away and makes his own decisions, the relationship is broken.

When the relationship is broken man no longer benefits from all of the blessings, protections and gifts of God. In Chapter 58 of his prophesy, Isaiah brings this into focus. He issues an explanation and a promise for each of us.

Many don’t believe in God

The United States, like so many nations, has enjoyed the benefits from this relationship, yet even with a free and open society, freedom to worship, freedom to express opinions, the USA is hardly a Christian nation, a Jewish nation, or a nation that worships God in any significant fashion.

There are churches in every community, yet only a small percentage of people believe what is written in the Bible. Even those who claim Biblical beliefs, will argue against the statements of the Biblical writers.

Some Christian people will deny the Biblical account of creation. I have known so many people who go to church or synagogue and don’t believe in God at all. So much of the world is secular and sadly, man is worshiping man, forsaking the Word of God in favor of believing any alternative narrative that comes along.

Isaiah wrote about the effects of non-belief more than 2500 years ago.

Isaiah wrote about the same breakdown of trust and faith more than two centuries ago and so little has changed. Of course, when something bad happens, like the attack of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the downing of a passenger flight headed for the U.S. Capitol on September 11, 2001, people pull together and ask God to help.

For a brief moment there is a turning back to God, perhaps even expressions of repentance for bad behavior. But sadly, it seems to be only temporary. People get comfortable again and immediately go back to their own way. The Bible is the story of that constant back and forth. People turn to God, turn away, turn back to God, etc.

There are consequences for turning away from God

There are consequences to this constant double mindedness. God loves unconditionally, but he also will punish sin. He allows man to make choices, good or bad. He is a Holy and righteous God, whose Word is absolute. If He were to allow sin to flourish without consequence, he would go against His own nature and character. That will not happen.

Through Isaiah, God gives an admonishment, but at the same time, a promise of love and fulfillment. He desires the relationship, He seeks out man, He makes the first move. Then He patiently waits for man to respond. God gives man the right to made his own decisions, not because He doesn’t care, but to give man the opportunity to see the error of his ways.

If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. Isaiah 58: 9-12

We don’t always understand God

It’s hard for us to understand why God doesn’t just fix everything. But if that were the case, what reason would there be to have a personal relationship with Him? Why would we seek Him? How would we fully understand His love and grace? There would be no room for personal growth, or spiritual growth. We would live our our lives in emotional adolescence.

In God there is hope, in Him there is fulfillment, in Him there is salvation.