ashamed with shame

May 2015 (31)Isaiah 42:9-17

9 Watch! the former things I predicted have come, and I am declaring new things. I am causing you to hear before they sprout up.” 10 Sing a new song to Yahveh; praise him from the end of the land, you who go down to the sea and that which fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants. 11 Let a desert and its towns lift up their voice, villages that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy; let them shout loudly from the mountain head. 12 Let them give glory to Yahveh and declare his praise in the coastlands. 13 Yahveh goes forth like a mighty warrior; he stirs up zeal like a man of war. He raises the war cry, indeed he raises the battle shout; he prevails against his enemies. 14 I have been silent for a long time; I have kept silent; I have restrained myself like one giving birth; I will moan, pant, and gasp together. 15 I will cause mountains and hills to dry up, and I will cause all their vegetation to wither; and I will make rivers like islands, and I will cause pools to dry up. 16 And I will lead the blind by a road they do not know; I will cause them to walk on paths they have not known. I will make darkness before their face into light and rough places into level ground. These are the things I will do, and I will not forget to do them. 17 They will turn back; they will be ashamed with shame — those who now trust in an image, who say to a cast image, “You are our gods.”

ashamed with shame

Given the historical record of how God has worked in the past, it is safe to say that he never does anything on impulse. One of the reasons we urge believers to pray regularly is that sometimes it seems to take long periods of intercession and supplication before God, before we see results. But, thankfully, Isaiah reveals here that even God in his enduring patience gets fed up with idolaters and unbelievers and does something to show his power and shame those who ignore him. I cannot help but believe that if we Christians would dare to seek his face more, we would see more of these new things he promised. We cannot force God to do anything against his plan, but neither can we stop him when he decides to act. We need to remember the kind of things that move God to action, and pray accordingly. In this text, what moved God to action was idolatry.

LORD, all around us are those who have chosen a world and a worldview that rejects you, and values things that people can manipulate. Come and show your power and love so that these can be ashamed of their idolatry.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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