God’s Involvement Is To Be Regarded
September 10, 2014
In Isa. 22:11 we read, “…but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.”
We do not replace those to whom these words were directed, but being that God’s Word is living and that He uses it to speak to each one of us individually, let us direct these words toward ourselves as well. Do we look to the Creator and have regard for Him who orchestrates events? Do we stand in awe of Him and thank Him for His miracles, His deliverances, His judgements, and His mercies? Or do we shrug our shoulders and take it all for granted –considering the promotion to have come about by our own worthiness, the escape to have happened by our own wisdom, the prominence to have blossomed through our own ingenuity, and the strength to have come through our own hard work?
Can any good thing happen without the Lord’s might and help and plan? Can even evil happen without His prior knowledge of it, His allowance of it, and His insertion of it into His purposes? What we do, whatever happens to us, and all events of history come about because God either causes it or allows it –and always for His glory and the ultimate good of the righteous. Can we then take credit for amazing feats or for blessed positions? Moreover, should we feel hopeless while enduring pain and troubles, forgetting that God is sovereign over the affairs of all mankind?
In verses 8-11 we read, “You looked… you saw… you stored up… you counted… and tore down… you built… but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.” Why do people credit themselves or others when it has been the Lord’s doing?
So the Lord called you on that day to weep, to wail, to repent. (v. 12) But instead the people continued to party, and ignored the call of God. (v. 13)
What is the Lord’s response to such shameful indifference? “‘Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for,’ says the Lord, the LORD Almighty.” (v. 14)
What is the sin? Is it not the refusal to repent of one’s disregard for the Lord’s hand in one’s life, in what is going on with us, with others, and in the world? Is it not the refusal to look to the One in whose control everything lies? Is it not the refusal to call out to Him and acknowledge, in full faith, that He is completely sovereign?
Let’s turn our eyes and hearts to the Lord and His Word and renounce the wickedness of disregarding His involvement in the earth.