Hidden In Prison Houses…
Somedays the Lord plants the seed before it’s possible to have any idea where the path is leading. As long as we follow, say “yes” and serve Him, the path, while at times will be foreboding, it will always lead to Him and the destiny He has laid before us.
The past few weeks, literally, billions of people around the world have been held captive in their homes. They went inside, grab the key and locked themselves in. This was not a commandment from the Lord, it was a decree from tyrannical governments around the world. These tyrants, in some cases, are now showing the depth of their evil; their true face and what they have in store for the people they lord over. This order, this decree from government is without warrant and actually does more harm to the people than the supposed good the government claims. They have jackboots in place to carry out their orders, so if any of the people step out of line there will be force to reign down them with vengeful reckoning.
Have we forgotten who we follow, who we answer to and who provides the Light in our lives?
In the ongoing study of Isiah there seems to be several chapters where Isiah is describing, in great detail, the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ. The descriptions in these chapters paint a picture of the Messiah coming to heal, coming to awaken and coming to breath life into those who have died from sin. Did we forget He is Risen for us? Did we forget He is the driving force of our decisions? Did we forget that nothing is more “essential” to our lives than time spent with Him, His children and in His presence with one another?
Isiah 42 NKJV
14 “I have held My peace a long time,
I have been still and restrained Myself.
Now I will cry like a woman in labor,
I will pant and gasp at once.
15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills,
And dry up all their vegetation;
I will make the rivers coastlands,
And I will dry up the pools.
16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them,
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them.
17 They shall be turned back,
They shall be greatly ashamed,
Who trust in carved images,
Who say to the molded images,
‘You are our gods.’
18 “Hear, you deaf;
And look, you blind, that you may see.
19 Who is blind but My servant,
Or deaf as My messenger whom I send?
Who is blind as he who is perfect,
And blind as the Lord’s servant?
20 Seeing many things, but you do not observe;
Opening the ears, but he does not hear.”
We have heard, we have seen, but yet we allow tyrants to keep us away from our God, to push away from each other and re-mind us that technology “brings us together”. Technology is keeping us apart. Technology keeps us in our “prison houses” as God’s world is just beyond reach, just beyond sight and just beyond hearing. We sit idly by denying our Lord – what comes next?
21 The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake;
He will exalt the law and make it honorable.
22 But this is a people robbed and plundered;
All of them are snared in holes,
And they are hidden in prison houses;
They are for prey, and no one delivers;
For plunder, and no one says, “Restore!”
23 Who among you will give ear to this?
Who will listen and hear for the time to come?
24 Who gave Jacob for plunder, and Israel to the robbers?
Was it not the Lord,
He against whom we have sinned?
For they would not walk in His ways,
Nor were they obedient to His law.