Living out the purpose
But those who trust in idols, who say, ‘You are our gods,’ will be turned away in shame. “Listen, you who are deaf! Look and see, you blind! Who is as blind as my own people, my servant? Who is as deaf as my messenger? Who is as blind as my chosen people, the servant of the Lord? You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it. You hear with your ears, but you don’t really listen.” Isaiah 42:17-20 NLT
When we lose our concept of God, we don’t just lose religion. We lose our sense of purpose and everything worth living for. God wants us to recognize our brokenness so He could give back to us what we have lost. God wants us to pursue the purpose He had set for our lives. This purpose includes the restoration of the world. From the text, Isaiah is telling the readers of God’s goal of reforming the lives of those who have lost their purpose. “You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it. You hear with your ears, but you don’t really listen.” God wants to renew within us the love for His truth and His word. As we are being transformed, God reveals to others the glorious salvation He gave us. This is how God will use us and His church. It is not just an individual transformation for it includes the whole body of believers. We need this reawakening especially in these times of uncertainties. God is calling faithful followers who will forsake their old way of living which includes idolatry. They will have their eyes and ears open ready to respond to God’s revelation. They will live their new life with joyful intentionality where they talk about “the chief end of man” as glorifying and delighting God. They do not drift away from their faith for they are aware that God wants them to be triumphant in their walk with God.