Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hypocrisy: Isaiah 58:2

“For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them.”

It seems that God is not only bothered by sin and rebellion of His people, but He is bothered by their hypocrisy. They are not only in sin and rebellion, but they are pretending that everything is alright. They are pretending to draw near to God by carrying out their rituals, which they think are meaningful, but as God searches their hearts He knows they are empty. Jesus said in Matthew 15:7-8: “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

This is such an important message for God’s people in Africa, and especially in Zimbabwe, at this time. The Lord has allowed us to go through many years of extreme difficulty, and we are all yearning for the time when the Lord will heal our land, yet things seem to continually get further and further away from this healing. Brian doesn’t know of any churches in Zimbabwe, who haven’t had 2 Chronicles 7:14 high on their list of requests before the Lord.

The urgency for this call to be given and the obedient response to the message of turning from our selfishness and our own plans to the Lord’s plans and our sincere demonstration of the unselfishness that pleases the Lord, the sooner will the suffering of the poor be alleviated.

Brian prays that readers from other nations will also study the Zimbabwean case closely, as the Lord deals with us, as a model in the context of the Lord’s Great Commission to “Go and make disciples of all nations."

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