I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’ to a nation that did not call on my name.
Isaiah 65:1 (NLT)
I don’t think anything would break my heart more than to have my boys in trouble and they never tell me about it. It would grieve me to have them live in the same neighborhood as I do and yet we never meet and get together. How much more God feels that way about us. Isaiah writes that God was ready to respond to the needs of His people and yet they never asked. God even pursued them and yet they did not call on His name. That’s what idolatry does. It replaces God in our hearts with something else. It takes our attention and allegiance away from God. An idol doesn’t have to be made out of wood or stone. It could be made out of success, pleasure, or other life pursuits. It could be an emotional idol like bitterness, vengeance or shame that keeps us away from the God who loves us. Whatever it is that is keeping you away from God, repent of it. God is calling you. He is waiting, respond to His love today.
Father, forgive me for having idols that keep me from You. Today, I desire a relationship with You. I will turn away from those things that have stolen my heart and renew my affection for You. In Jesus’ name.
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