Good morning all,
The word of the day is "mysophobia.” We see some pretty strong language from Isaiah in today’s prassage. We have to realize that at this time in history, God had done some pretty miraculous things for the people of Israel. However, they looked right past all of the great things that the Lord is doing and attributed the blessings that they had received to their own righteousness. For this, God set a pretty hard rebuke on them. In fact, we can see by his language in this passage, that Isaiah grouped himself with these simple people.
“For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” ~Isaiah 64:6
My question is: where do you look to find justification in righteousness? I learned early on in my Christian journey that my own acts and deeds were not going to be good enough to get me through this life and to heaven. That was the essence of accepting Jesus into my life. No matter how good I thought I could be, it would never be adequate to pay for the innumerable sins that plagued my life both before and during my time as a Christian. My prayer is that you heed the words of Isaiah this morning, and that you think God for the blessings he has the stowed upon you, because of his righteousness. We must live somewhat of a mysohpobia, or fear of filth. We need to stay away from that which makes our soul unclean. Nothing that we have done warrants the blessings of God, and we should always remember that it is by his grace and mercy that we continue to have favor in his sight. Live in the truth of that righteousness today!
Praying for you,