You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? Isaiah 64:5
In this passage, there is a clear contrast of two different lifestyles: those who did right and remembered God’s ways, and those who continued to sin against His ways. It was God’s response to these two lifestyles that really makes the difference apparent. He chose to come to the help of those who gladly did right by remembering His ways.
What a great privilege for those who, through His Spirit, are following Him! God Himself has become their helper. Continual sin against the ways of God, however, brings about the anger of God. This was the condition the people of Judah found themselves in. Hence, Isaiah’s cry, “How then can we be saved?” Given the universal human sin condition, it is a contemporary cry for us as well.
Regarding the Church, those who have cast their hope for salvation upon Jesus, we answer Isaiah’s question by pointing to the Son of God, crucified and arisen, and say, “It is through Him that we can be saved!” Still, the help or anger of God, revival or wrath, seems to have much to do with a choice. We either do right and walk in His ways, or continue to sin against His ways. What do you choose to do today?
Lord, help me today to do right. I want to always remember Your ways and walk in them. I am desperate for Your help in my life. Forgive me when I have forgotten Your ways and gone my own way instead. I do not want to experience Your anger, but instead, Your help.
–Adapted from HeartCry for Revival devotional 2011 by David Butts, author of Prayer and the End of Days (Praying God’s Purposes in Troubled Times). This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God that he sweeps away your offenses like the morning mist (Isa. 44:22). Give thanks that God is not unjust and will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you help others (Heb. 6:10). Confess to him those secret things you do which you know are wrong but just haven’t been able to confess (Ps. 44:21). Commit yourself to building others up with encouragement and ridding yourself of bitterness and anger, forgiving others as God in Christ forgives you (Eph. 4:29-32). Ask God to help you be an imitator of him, living a life of love (Eph. 5:1).
Pray that God will give you his strength to “right some wrong” that you have committed against a family member or friend.
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