1 Thus says Yahveh: The sky is my throne and the land is my footstool; where is this house that you would build for me, and where is this — my resting place? 2 All these things my hand has made, and so all these things are mine already, says Yahveh. But this is the one to whom I will show regard to, to the humble and contrite in spirit, who is anxious about keeping my word. 3 Whoever merely slaughters an ox is like one who kills a human being; whoever merely sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck; whoever presents a grain offering, like one who offers swine’s blood; whoever makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol. These have chosen their own ways, and their souls take pleasure in their detested things; 4 I will choose to mistreat them too, and bring upon them what they are terrified of; because, when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, they did not listen; instead they did what was evil while I looked on, and whatever did not please me, that is what they chose.
revival is not enough
Isaiah’s people longed for a revival and to go back to the glory days of the temple. But this brave prophet speaks to these people and warns them that mere revival is not enough. The LORD wants a people who do not merely go through the motions. He wants a people who respect him so much that they are anxious to obey all of his words. These descendants of Abraham had chosen to walk both roads at the same time, and it has led to disaster for them. So, it will not be enough for them to return to the glory of the old days. They need more than revival. They need a new heart, a loyal heart that seeks only those things that please their God.
This generation also has those who long for the old days, and sometimes I am one of them. I see all the changes taking place in society and I wonder if there is any hope for us. But the last thing I should do is fixate on a past time and try to recreate it. The soul within me longs for a stronger relationship with God, and I know when I find it – all my past experiences will pale in comparison.
LORD, we will not settle for a return to the glory days of the past. Create in us new hearts that beat with a stronger relationship with you.