Well, this is the final week of Isaiah. Chapter 64 as a whole really caught my attention on this go-around. It provides an intriguing meditation on the interplay between God and his people. Action and reaction.
“Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.” v 4b
“You meet him who rejoices in doing righteousness, Who remembers You in Your ways.” v 5a
“You were angry, for we sinned, We continued in them a long time.” v 5b
“There is no one who calls on Your name, Who arouses himself to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us And have delivered us into the power of our iniquities. ” v 7
“Will You restrain Yourself at these things, O LORD ? Will You keep silent and afflict us beyond measure?” v 12
I thought verse 7 was especially interesting in the way it describes apathy as a consequence of God’s wrath or displeasure. Also, the language, “who arouses himself to take hold of You” gave me pause. If a people are given over to their sins, can individuals ‘rouse’ themselves and reach out to take hold of God? Pretty evocative words—gives me the image of struggling to shake off a slumber or stupor. It’s a good warning to pay attention and not simply settle for the Christianity that is modeled around me. Such Christianity may reflect a society suffering the effects of God’s displeasure more than it reflects a healthy walk with God.