Isaiah 50:1-111 This is what the Lord says: “Was your mother sent away because I divorced her? Did I sell you as slaves to my creditors? No, you were sold because of your sins. And your mother, too, was taken because of your sins. 2 Why was no one there when I came? Why didn’t anyone answer when I called? Is it because I have no power to rescue? No, that is not the reason! For I can speak to the sea and make it dry up! I can turn rivers into deserts covered with dying fish. 3 I dress the skies in darkness, covering them with clothes of mourning.” 4 The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will. 5 The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away. 6 I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting. 7 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame. 8 He who gives me justice is near. Who will dare to bring charges against me now? Where are my accusers? Let them appear! 9 See, the Sovereign Lord is on my side! Who will declare me guilty? All my enemies will be destroyed like old clothes that have been eaten by moths! 10 Who among you fears the Lord and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God. 11 But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires. This is the reward you will receive from me:You will soon fall down in great torment.
Sometimes we implicitly blame God for the problems in our life. Do you know what that means? We never actually call God to the table, but we talk or wish that we were created differently or had better opportunities. We say, "only if this circumstance would change, then..." Instead of grabbing the opportunities provided us, we gripe and complain. This one hits me pretty close to home. Yet when these gripes come to fruition, who is to blame? God? Well not according to this passage. He is ready to stand trial. Or us? Can you be held accountable for what you say?
Quick PrayerLord, sometimes my "sufferings" in life have more to do with gripes or bitterness than any true suffering. Help me be to have a smart accountability. Amen.