Isaiah 8:13 “Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.”
We bow at many altars.
We bow at the altar of our job and compromise who we are and what we are in fear of losing what it is that God gave us to provide.
We bow at the altar of our homes. Not the people in it, but the structure, the decoration, the appearance and what others will think when they view it.
We bow to our bank accounts, our closets, our sports teams and the acqusition of knowledge. We serve ourselves, please ourselves and promote ourselves. We live for our glory.
After reading this, we may very well say – “That may be others, but not me!”
But we are much too lenient on our own sinfulness and hyper-critical of others to the place of hypocrisy.
In these first eight chapters of Isaiah, the prophet tears the covers off of the sins of Israel and basically, ‘tells it like it is’. By the revelation of the Holy Spirit to His mouthpiece, God begins to take Israel to the woodshed over their sin. For who they trusted instead of God; for what they ran to instead of God. He proclaimed – Judgment is coming!
We, who are saved, heard the same cry. If we do not trust the Lord, there is a hell that awaits us. We took heed and turned to the Lord Jesus Christ and trusted Him as our Savior. Our eternal destination went from Hell to Heaven and we became a child of God.
As I read these chapters, my heart broke for my country. We began as a nation that was founded on Christian principles. At its heart was ‘soul liberty’ – in matters of religion, each person has the liberty to choose what his/her conscience or soul dictates is right, and is responsible to no one but God for the decision that is made. Our founders wanted each individual to have the freedom to make that choice.
Regarless of country, we all have a choice to make. Governments try to legislate God and take Him from our minds. They tell us how we should act; what we should say, how we are to say it.
When you and I back down from being who God saved us to be and speaking the truth to all around us, we deny who we have been saved to be: salt and light.
Matthew 5:13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
I must first and foremost be Christian in my home. Without that, those closest to me will view blatant hypocrisy and not follow; no matter what I say. The same must be in my workplace.
It is easy to be Christian around other Christians. It should be easy at church. My fear should not be what others think of me. I need only think of what my Heavenly Father thinks. Am I pleasing Him with my words? With what I do, where I go, with who I choose to spend my time?
I need to choose daily, to set myself apart from those things that I know displease my God. My fear and dread should be that He see me and be disappointed, or worse; that my heart has departed from Him and taken up with the world.
God IS worthy of all of me. Is He worthy of all of you?