Good, Sweet & Light…SO different from Evil, Bitter & Dark
I’ve been slooowly meditating and ‘purposefully meandering’ 🙂 through Isaiah during this Advent season…desiring to draw near to the Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. I was struck by some contrasts in chapter 5, in which the Lord speaks strongly against those who lead others into sin, and of leaders who teach error and gravely misinterpret what’s what:
“WOE TO THOSE WHO CALL EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL, WHO PUT DARKNESS FOR LIGHT AND LIGHT FOR DARKNESS, WHO PUT BITTER FOR SWEET AND SWEET FOR BITTER. WOE TO THOSE WHO ARE WISE IN THEIR OWN EYES AND AND CLEVER IN THEIR OWN SIGHT.’ 5:20-21
In reading these words, and in knowing my own heart (!), it’s even more comforting to know that one of the names for the Savior is “Wonderful Counselor” (9:6). As our True Counselor, the Lord gives correct defintions and interpretations of all of life. Many of us have associated evil, bitter and dark experiences and longings as good, sweet and light…our desires ruled, or we were naive, or we were mis-educated by those who should have known better. The result is that we need a radical REDEFINING of what is what! Praise be to Jesus who comes as Wisdom, Author, Healer and TRUTH & LIGHT.
Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” If you’ve been confused, hurting, disoriented because you’ve been tasting and feasting on what you thought was good, but the aftertaste is bitter in captivity to sin and entanglement, then may I invite you to pray,
Lord, I come to You needing a radical re-orientation of the taste-buds of my heart! I’ve longed for satisfaction and have tasted only increasing lust; I’ve sought to walk in a way that seemed sweet and good, but the incoming harvest is painfully bitter and dark. By Your grace, I submit to heart (and appetite) surgery and ask for courage to recieve Your answers to these prayers.