Day 212

Today’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 59-63

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt . . . For our offenses are many in your sight, and our sins testify against us. Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities  Isaiah 59:1-3a, 12 NIV

We like to read in Isaiah the messages of victory. We like to know that the ‘good guys’ win in the end.

ManBehindTheCurtain.jpgBUT . . . and this is a big but …

we forget that the ‘good guys’ are not us!

There is only one Good Guy and He has taken our place.

Yet, we continue to bargain with God. We talk of all the good we do and ignore our sins. And yet, there it is ‘piled up’ in plain sight of God. All the while we pretend that it (sin) is not there. We play the part of the professor in the Wizard of OZ and loudly proclaim, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”

Do not miss the message of the promised Messiah found in Isaiah. But do not miss the on for the Messiah also contained within Isaiah – we are sinners in need of a Savior.

No matter how hard we try to hide or disguise our sins, they are there for God to see. Acknowledge your sin before God and find the peace that comes from receiving forgiveness and grace.

Tomorrow’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 64-66

Author:

I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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