I’ve made myself available to those who haven’t bothered to ask. I’m here, ready to be found by those who haven’t bothered to look. -Isaiah 65:1
This massive group of people walk around like they knew Him, but they don’t. They profess their love for Him to each other with a glazed over and detached look in their eyes. They do things on His behalf that He would never do. People base their opinions on Him from their interaction with them.
Meanwhile, there are people who hear bits and pieces of the truth and something stirs inside of them. The problem is, there is so much crap surrounding it that they don’t know what’s truth and what’s religion. They turn to each other and never to Him. The blind leading the blind.
I kept saying ‘I’m here, I’m right here’ to a nation that ignored me. I reached out day after day to a people who turned their backs on me. -Isaiah 65:2
When they hear things that don’t match what the others have taught them, they reject it. They guard their ideal so tightly that challenges are met by a sharp toothed tongue and haughty smirks. A cultish mentality that refuses to see the real Truth when it repeatedly tries to get their attention.
What’s worse, they think they’re on the right track. They lean on scriptures for ‘persecution’ when they know nothing of persecution. Or verses about being ‘hated by the world’ when the world doesn’t hate them, they just don’t want their flavor of religion.
People who make wrong turns, who insist on doing things their own way. They get on my nerves, are rude to my face day after day. Make up their own kitchen religion, a potluck religious stew. –Isaiah 65:3
You get to a point where your system works and anything that disrupts it is ignored. People aren’t looking for the Truth anymore because they’re content. Nobody wants to be wrong, nobody wants to be challenged, they just want comfort. They prefer tradition over Truth. They prefer shackles over freedom.
They hear the truth, but reject it. It seems too easy. They prefer to earn their way. Can’t take a ‘gift’ without feeling the obligation to even the scale. Disrespectful disregard surrounded by double talk and no capacity to be in debt to another. Debtors are less than.
They say, ‘Keep your distance. Don’t touch me. I’m holier than thou.’ These people gag me. I can’t stand their stench. -Isaiah 65:5
In church, were you taught to keep your distance from ‘sinners’? Were you taught to set yourself apart as ‘royalty?’ Did they teach you to ‘call out’ worldly behavior in hopes that they’ll feel condemned enough to convert to Christianity?
This mentality is repulsive and, apparently, it’s not just repulsive to the rest of us. It’s sickening to God.