If Only You Had Obeyed

This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel… If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river your righteousness like the waves of the sea. – Isaiah 48:17-18

We are going to look at three passages in Isaiah over these few days. The first is dealing with, “If you had obeyed,” the next is “Peace Promised For The Children,” and finally, “Perfect Peace to Those Who Are Steadfast.”

God had called Israel to be a special people. From the time of Abraham God began to set them apart to be nation who would bring the Christ to the world. He called them to be separate, but they continually fell into the sins of the world.

Among the saddest words of Isaiah’s prophecy are these, “If only you had paid attention to my commands.” These words were uttered by Isaiah but they came from the heart of God. God, who calls himself “your Redeemer” was saddened by the Jews who could not receive his best, his peace, because they would not hear his voice and submit to his law.

I recall a passage in the gospels when Jesus made a similar cry. In Matthew 23:37 Jesus cried, “How often I have longed to gather you children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” God offers something that only he can give, yet people consistently seek to find what he offers in other places.

We cannot gain peace through the law, because none of us can effectively follow its tenets, and if that is true, then how can anyone gain peace with God?

How can we deal with the sin that separates us from God? “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). Sin separated us, Christ made the opportunity, faith reconciles us to God and gives us his peace.

Prayer: Lord, I don’t want you to say to me, “If only you had obeyed.” Grant me the grace to walk in obedience to you so that the blessing you have planned for me can be released. In Jesus name, amen.
If Only You Had Obeyed

Principle: Peace with God is the result of paying attention to his commands.

Affirmation: My peace flows like a river and his righteousness in me rises like the waves of the sea because I pay attention to his commands.

Reflection: Reflect on this statement from today’s devotion: God offers something that only he can give, yet people consistently seek to find what he offers in other places. What does that mean to you?

My Thoughts: I would enjoy knowing your thoughts on this devotion. Please leave a comment.

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