Monday: July 13, 2020
Isaiah 1:15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will refuse to look at you; even if you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.
It will be really terrifying for a child to come to the realisation that their cries reach no body, however loud they are. Bearing that that image in mind is what makes me describe today’s text as ‘terrifying’ – the word terrify used rather with peculiar meaning. Not to signify a crippling fear, but the consideration of what those words actually mean in action. In fact, the very thought of a situation where God’s decision not to hear our prayers originates not out of the abundance of His grace to keep us from praying ourselves out of His perfect will, but rather because of our individual disposition, is cause for concern.
It is the equivalent of being told ‘I want nothing to do with this, you’re on your own’. By all accounts, that is not the place you want to be for it is a position that corresponds to having no one to come to your aid when you call out because the God whose ears reach the ends of the earth, refuses to “attend your prayer”.
I find this text rather intriguing because 64 chapters later in the same book of Isaiah, there is another verse that is perfectly contradictory: “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear”(65:24). Juxtaposing these two verse in context, we will infer that two distinct dispositions were evident: one disposition which commanded the attention of heaven from the very start, and another which caused Heaven to close its portal for receiving prayer.
Beloved, based on the current state of affairs, in which disposition do you stand? It really does matter.