Isaiah 29 (NKJV)
13 Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,
14 Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work Among this people,
A marvelous work and a wonder;
For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”
I continue to read in the Old Testament daily. I am amazed by some of the comparisons between today’s world and the world described in the Books of Samuel, Kings and Isaiah.
The scary part is that God chose to punish the people of Isaiah’s day pretty severely. Are we overdue?
In the verse that stuck out to me today, Isaiah is describing the people of his day. It sounds like today!:
“… these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips…”
It’s easy to “talk” about God. In some circles it is quite the in-thing to do. In church we may even honor Him with the words we sing or say or repeat-after-me. And yet there is often little sincerity to the words. I have been guilty of it myself. I am here to tell you that a person (me) is able to sing some of the Christian songs while thinking about the new car I am anticipating buying!
To worship God is to approach Him, and to present our adoration of Him / to Him. It is to come to him as one who has business with him, with an intention to honor him. This we are to do with our mouth and our lips, in speaking of him and in speaking to him; we must render to him the calves of our lips, #Ho 14:2.
“…But have removed their hearts far from Me…”
Thinking about the new car!
We are to come into His presence every time, with a heart full of love for Him and a healthy fear of Him. Out of the abundance of that, the mouth will speak rightly. Let’s not be a part of the lip-service only group. Those who say words that express an approach to God and an adoration of him, but it is only from the teeth outward.
Verse 14 speaks to the Israelites, but might it also be for us?
- They did not make the word of God the rule of their worship.
- Their fear of Him is taught – they know this is what is supposed to be true, but in reality it is just words.
Don’t we kinda do that when we do what is wrong knowingly and just assuming God will overlook it?
- Traditions (man-made forms of worship and even beliefs) of the church is more important than knowing Jesus.
- When we / if we worship is it just to be a part of the biggest or the best church, and not really given to Him?
- Formal in our devotions and wedded to our own inventions.
- Removing all sincerity from our hearts.
- Now God will go on and do another; he will remove all sagacity from their heads. The wisdom of their wise men shall perish. They played the hypocrite, and thought to put a cheat
God then removed
- The wisdom of their wise men,
- The understanding of their prudent men
Real wisdom is found by following God and His Laws. Without them our understanding is flawed at best… We begin to look like verse 14 with little or no wisdom and little or no knowledge of anything in our lives…
Seek Him First and then all the other “stuff” will be added also.
And it will be the “right stuff” because it will be based on Him and His laws!