20 July 2020Today’s Devotion is taken from Isaiah 5:8-30
In Isaiah 5:8-30, the Prophet Isaiah was addressing the spiritual decline of the people of Judah. In v.8-10, it was a warning to people who are greedy and powerful who keeps acquiring possessions without regard or seeking the will of God. Surely many houses shall be desolate, large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant- Possessions of this world will never satisfy us. We will always want more and more. The new phone, the new bag or a new car. At the end of all this accumulation of property, it will be filled with disappointment and emptiness. In v.11-12, woe to those who party endless, and celebrate everything but God. They work hard to party and have entertainment, but they are too preoccupied to look at God’s work all around them. They enjoy the temporary pleasures while ignoring the eternal consequences of their actions. They also forget God is a God of justice and Isaiah gives a stark warning in verse 14-15: Therefore Sheol has enlarged its appetite and opened its mouth beyond measure. Man is humbled and each one is brought low and the eyes of the arrogant are brought low.
Jesus has told us that the Kingdom of God is different from this world. The first will be last and the last will be first. In our world, we have a materialistic society, people who are the best looking, the rich and the strongest are noticed. But Jesus taught that in God’s kingdom, the humble people will inherit the earth, and those who seek peace will be blessed (Matthew 5:4-10). Some of us can be guilty of this, we have knowledge of what the Bible says about idolatry of money and loving pleasures of this world but yet we find it difficult not to follow worldly standards. 2 Corinthians 6:17: Do we tend to love earthly pleasures more than God? It’s an easy trap to fall in to. If we are not of this world, why is it so easy to blend in and conform?
In v.20, Isaiah continues by saying “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil”. There is this upside down morality that was happening in the nation of Israel. Moral issues were blurred and they were finding excuses for their sin. There was a deep state of moral confusion. Can we draw similarities with our society today? A society that has blurred the biblical definition of marriage, a society that tells us cursing and drinking is a common occurrence is famous TV shows or movies. Paul says in Romans 1:21-22: “… (they) became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…” Let us examine ourselves, what is our moral compass? Without Christ pointing us to the truth north, our morals starts becoming subjective. We have a culture that says you can do whatever you want as long as it makes you happy.
a) Is the earthly pleasures of the world our treasure or is God our
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21)
b) Are we conforming to the world or are we standing out as light for Christ?