May 17, 2018
Isaiah 56:4… For thus says the Lord, “To the Eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters.”
Before God sent Jesus and revealed His entire plan of salvation, men and women did things to try and appease Him, like they did other gods as well. One of the things men did was to castrate themselves, making themselves Eunuchs. To them, that was taking sexual purity to its extreme. In the above rebuttal, God says, in essence, “The fact that you are a Eunuch is irrelevant; Keep my Sabbaths, choose things that please me, and hold fast my covenant.” It is not about some decision we made in a passionate moment; it is about daily walking with God. Churches have spent a great deal of time defining the moment for us to make a commitment to the lord.
I have heard it said often, “While the organ is playing softly, come forward and make a commitment to God.” We call them altar calls. People have held up altar call commitment moments as their moment of salvation. I don’t disagree with the power of confession, but I believe that a confession of faith should be followed by a life of faith and this verse in Isaiah teaches that also. I was particularly moved by the phrase, “Choose the things that please me.” In Hebrews, we read, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.”(Hebrews 11:6) So, the Bible teaches us that we are to choose faith and whatever that leads us to. The word “choose” shows us that we are involved in this process of salvation. God does it, but we participate with Him. We participate by living by faith. Our choices in life are because we believe in God.
Think about your daily choices. Are they made because of faith? Or, do we, instead, make choices because of how they make us feel? Feelings are not opposed to faith, but they can lead us away from God. Be cautious that you don’t put your trust in your feelings. Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart.
“Hold fast my covenant.” God’s covenant with us is a living covenant. We live according to his words; He provides our dwelling place within His walls.