Where are You Walking?
December 27, 1998
Have you ever been in an unfamiliar, and very crowded place for the very first time? Sure, you're with one of your friends who is showing you around. But it is still unfamiliar territory just the same. It takes a little time to get used to the place, and thank goodness for good friends who are there with us. Of course, after a time, we get a little confident in ourselves, and we start to pay more attention to what is going on around us, and the say the neat stores, if we're in a mall, and then all of a sudden, we get that sinking feeling. We look around, and we don't see our good friend anymore. Surely they're just a few steps behind. No. Oh, Oh! And we don't even remember where we parked the car. Maybe we're just a little like the people Isaiah wrote to. Read Is. 9:1-7.
To the people of Isaiah's day, no doubt many may have felt that God was nowhere to be found. Sure, some of the people back then, were going on about business, just as though everything were fine. They were ignoring, looking the other way. But the nation as a whole, had no doubt had lost her sense of direction, her sense of purpose. And the real shock of it all was that just two centuries earlier, the nation of Israel had been one of the strongest, and one of the most highly esteemed nations around.
She had been prosperous, she had been powerful, but things were not like the good old days. In some ways, this passage gets a little frightening... in fact, every time I read from Isaiah, I sense that he may very well be talking to our country today. Just maybe there is a message here for us here in America as well. There are a lot of parallels between Israel and the US.
Right now, here in America, we still think most things are pretty good, in spite of the crime rate, the impeachment of our President, perhaps, things may still be too good for us to force us to take a serious look at ourselves.
But t ...
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