I am coming to the end of my journey through the Book of Isaiah. What an adventure it has been – writing out the Scriptures daily while walking through His Word. It was truly an Awakening for me, reminding me of the path that my Lord and Savior set before me many years ago, to follow after Him.
So many times through out this pilgrimage, the word, “Way” has come up. Reminders of how God’s people chose at times to stop listening to Yahweh and to follow after their own ways. Many times, each one doing his own thing – causing chaos and conflict in their environment. It has shown me what has happened to our environment in America.
Somehow, over the past years, people have slowly turned away from the ways of Adonai and wandered down paths of our own choosing: our ways – our truth – our life. We have questioned God in unhealthy ways. We have challenged him too.
I am reading from Isaiah 66 this morning and these are the verses that shouted out to me this morning:
Isaiah 66:3-4: These have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations; I also will choose harsh treatment for them and bring their fears upon them, because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke they did not listen; but they did what was evil in my eyes and chose that in which I did not delight.” (ESV)
There are many references throughout the Word of God that talks about people forgetting God and going their own ways. They come to a point where they no longer listen to him because they are no longer seeking him.
I popped into this world almost 70 years ago. I have some time under my belt. And yes, there were times that I did not walk with my Heavenly Father – there were times that I doubted his Word – and there were times that I wanted to live life my way. And there have been many times that I came crawling back to him. Not once did he reject me when I came with a heart of repentance and of humility. Every time, he picked me back up and said, “Follow me!”
Today starts a new year. What will it bring for you?
For me, I want to be the humble one, the tender one, and the trembling one who lives in awe of what God says. I won’t be perfect, but I will continue to follow after him, allowing him to have control of my heart. I will continue to allow him to fine tune my heart – my soul.
In our world today, we need more of him and less of man’s ways. We need to stop trying to fix everything and look up the path and catch up with Yahweh. For his ways and his thoughts are way above anything that we can come up with.
Today, why don’t you let him have his way with you. AND that brings me to my song for today – maybe even a theme for the year. An old hymn that I sung many times growing up and still ring true in my ears. I pray that you enjoy it. I pray that you have taken my words as encouragement and spoken out of love and out of truth. Let him have his way with you.
John 14:6: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (ESV)