The prophet Isaiah pronounced a series of six woes upon the sinful nation of his day. One of those woes went like this: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)
Isaiah’s words certainly fit not only his day, but ours also. The broadminded stance of the modern world on moral and religious issues results in calling evil good and good evil. For example, it is not politically correct to speak out against the homosexual lifestyle that is being flaunted so openly. We are supposed to be accepting of this perversion which is so strongly condemned in Scripture. Then again, it is considered bigotry to speak out against another religion. We are to have a pluralistic view that is broad enough to grant that all faiths are valid.
Yes, we live in a world much like Isaiah’s – one which calls evil good and good evil. But like Isaiah we must continue to proclaim the truth no matter how unpopular.
The world is full of fakes and charlatans who are out to deceive and mislead the weak. But it’s nothing new. The great prophet Isaiah addressed this problem in his day. (See Isaiah 8:19-20)
When Isaiah’s people were being told to “Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter” Isaiah posed two questions: First, “Should not a people seek unto their God?” That is, why consult a fake spiritualist when you can consult God? Second, “Should they seek the dead on behalf of living?” That is, isn’t it absurd to think that the dead can instruct the living.
Isaiah then points out the only true source of knowledge: “To the law and to the testimony.” That is, the Bible is where we should look for proper instruction. He than adds this concerning anyone who would contradict God’s word: “If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” That is, if anyone teaches anything different from God’s word, there is no truth to what they have to say.
I know my crossing must be near
I’m going home I have no fear
I’ll see my Savior face to face
I’ve fought the fought I’ve won the race
My precious daughter waits for me
I can hardly wait her face to see
No more tears will dim my eye
We’ll never ever say good bye
We’ll walk together on streets of gold
No more heartache we are told
My Savior shed his blood for me
Sealed my pardon at Calvary
I’m one step closer every day
I know my Savior leads the way
I trust in Him and take my rest
I long to see Him face to face
For on the cross He took my place
Thank You Lord for saving me
Your precious blood has set me free.
The Book of Job is a literary masterpiece on the question of human suffering. After an account of the calamities which befell Job (chapters 1-2) the rest of the book consists of a discussion of why. First, Job and his three friends debate the question. Next, a younger man speaks. Then finally God answers but it’s not what Job expected.
As you read the discussion between Job and his friends note that they all started with this same basic premise: “Bad things should not happen to good people”. Starting with this premise they all (including Job) reached a wrong conclusion. The three friends concluded that since such misfortune had befallen Job , there must be some secret, vile sin in his life and they call upon him to repent. Job, on the other hand, knew that while he was not faultless, there was no big secret sin in his life as his friends supposed. Therefore, he concluded that an awful mistake had been made and he called upon God to give an answer.
The book is a masterful discussion of the very questions we raise when we and those we love suffer. The big question: Why? Is raised and God’s answer is not what we had looked for.