“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity. No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity…
Therefore justice is far from us, nor does righteousness overtake us; we look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness! We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes; we stumble at noonday as at twilight; we are as dead men in desolate places. We all growl like bears, and moan sadly like doves; we look for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us… So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.” ~ Isaiah 59:1-4, 9-11, 15a
This paints such a vivid word picture of our culture today! Innocent blood shed, lies and perverseness spoken. Justice and truth have fallen by the wayside, and empty words and deceit have enticed the masses. We are lost, blind, walking in darkness. Like dead men, growling like bears and moaning sadly like doves! We look for justice and salvation, but it is nowhere to be found. And those who speak out and stand against the evil become targets, plunder, prey.
But wait! All is not lost!
“…Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him.
For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries,
recompense to His enemies; the coastlands He will fully repay. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him. ‘The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,’ says the LORD” ~ Isaiah 59:15b-20
God the Father didn’t leave us to our own devices, to rot and perish in our sin. He loves us too much to leave us without hope. He sent an intercessor for us– “His own arm brought salvation”– Jesus, God the Son. He came to earth, died on the cross, and rose again to save us out of the darkness– into His light, His life, His righteousness. God made a way for us– Jesus!
Jesus is also our just, righteous, and true Judge. If we choose NOT to believe and be saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus, and to be clothed in His righteousness, we choose instead to stand before Him on our own hopeless merit, condemned by our choices and clothed in our filth and shame. We can never be good enough, clean enough, righteous enough, apart from Jesus Christ. But in Jesus, we put on His goodness, purity, and righteousness. And then we can stand before Him, unashamed. Jesus did– and still does– it all for us!
” ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.’ ” ~ John 3:16-21
Jesus is the answer, every time.
A side note: I love, love, LOVE that we are told Jesus is wearing the same armor that He calls us to put on in Ephesians 6:13-17 ~ the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation (Isaiah 59:17). If you search, you will find other places in Scripture in which the various pieces of armor are mentioned. ❤