Isaiah 64 A recent Nat’l Geographic article related the sad trajectory of the nation of Afghanistan. The warlords are raving mad. They cry, “women are a distraction.” They relish living in the days of long ago, in darkness, depravity, and violence. They see the evidence of a holy God yet deny His presence and power.
Isaiah saw it as well.
Isaiah cried as he looked at the sin-drenched world before him. Do we cry for the lost who are blind to the Savior? The truth is that our arch-enemy, Satan, has blinded the minds of the unsaved lest they see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, the image of God. [2Cor 4:4]Today, just as then, they cry: Is there a God, and if so, where is He? Why is this happening?
Isaiah perceptively saw spiritual blindness, deafness to the truth of God, and hardened hearts. The psalmist wrote that they collaborate to undo what God has ordered. [Ps 2] They refuse to yield to God and deny the Lord God Almighty. Isaiah cried: Oh, you would rend the heavens so that men would see Your power. But…He has done that before, like when Jesus cried, “It is finished!” Or when Paul and Silas were in prison. Even with the physical evidence of a mighty earthquake, men still refuse to bow the knee. But one day, they will not only bow but confess Jesus as Lord. [Phil 2:11] Until then…they sadly cry rocks fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne…[Rev 6:16]
They know but refuse to acknowledge Him and repent.
Perhaps that is why Isaiah’s cry then and today should be: “How then can we saved?” [Is 64:5] Oh God, may your mercy be ever before us; may we recognize that You are God and there is no other. Pray for the salvation of the lost.