And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.
Isaiah is speaking about those who choose to consult mediums and spiritualists, those who feel the dead can give foresight and insight to the living. He is talking about those who choose not to have God in their hearts. He informs them of the results of such a choice. Isaiah is addressing what happens to us when times are tough, our faith is tested, and we have failed to let God into our hearts.
When times are easy, it is easy to maintain our faith but it is also easy to push our faith aside. We think God must be good, look at my wonderful life. We decide to fill our hearts with all the wonderful worldly things we possess or covet.
Then things turn bad, life gets a little ugly, and we turn to God and say make it all better. We think it’s God’s job to make it all better. We think God is benevolent, so God will work it out for me. Vanity and arrogance manifest themselves as we expect God and the universe to revolve around us and our problems.
We have the means within ourselves to deal with these problems and setbacks, God has given us the tools. But that takes work, pain and sacrifice, which we don’t want to do. So when everything doesn’t work out as we think it should we curse God for giving us such a crappy lot in life.
In our vanity and arrogance we choose to deny God and deny that place in our heart. We search for easy answers. We search for the answers that we want to hear, not the truth. We look for quick fixes. As Isaiah says we look for worldly things that give us false hope. We put our faith in things that will never give us salvation but only tell us what we want to hear.
We place our hope in hopeless things which eventually let us down and we are cast into utter darkness. We spend a lifetime wallowing in self-pity.
In Isaiah 8:16-17, Isaiah tells us what to do in troubled times, for it is what he is doing in the troubled times of the descendants of Jacob.
Bind up the testimony; seal the teaching among my disciples. I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.
I will hope in him, meaning God.
Isaiah is saying, in the bad times do not turn to mystics, psychics and clairvoyants. They have no powers and they have no truths. They’re just people who have figured out what to say to desperate people.
Isaiah is just going to honker down and trust that with God in his heart he will know the right thing to do. Isaiah, with the help of God in his heart will get through the bad times.
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