Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:16-19
“Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil,” Isaiah 1:16.
Father God, we pray for more of your love, more of your power, more of you in our lives. Lord, we want to thank you for your Word because it is reliable; it is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Father, we thank you because we can stand on your Word.
Today, our topic is from Isaiah 1:16–19. In verse 16 we are given our first instruction: wash you. Is the Lord asking you to take a shower? No, he is saying wash yourself in the blood of Jesus. Let us begin to wash ourselves according to that commandment. Now, begin to plead the blood of Jesus upon your life, upon your spirit, upon your soul, upon your body.
Plead the blood of Jesus upon your home, your car, your workplace, and your ministry. Wash everything that concerns you with the blood of Jesus. As you begin to cleanse with the blood of Jesus that washes white as snow, you will begin to experience a freshness, a cleanliness that was not there before, because the Word of God says, “Wash you, make you clean.”
There is nothing we do that God does not see. He sees everything, hears all we say, and is always taking note. That is why He is saying today, “put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil.” Why is He calling us to wash ourselves clean, to sanctify ourselves and make our environment holy for Him? He is saying so because He wants us to be blessed.
In Isaiah 1:17 He says, “Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Some of us have to learn to do well. We are not used to doing well because life has been tough. But He is saying now, “Learn to do well.” How? Seek judgment. Do the right thing. Relieve the oppressed. Show kindness to someone.
Help someone any way you can. Brighten the corner where you are. Relieve the oppressed. Plead for the widow. Use your strength, your favour and your skills to help someone. Do what you ordinarily do not do. Extend your love to reach all who are around you. He then says, in verse 18, when you start doing this, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord.” “Come now,” come to Him and you can reason together with God, you can have a meeting with God. He says no matter what you have done, “though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” And then He offers you the icing on that cake: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land,” Isaiah 1:19.
If you obey by washing yourself clean as He prescribed, you will eat the good of the land: spiritual blessings, physical blessings, health and prosperity.
Lord God, wash me. Give me the grace to be washed and made clean by the blood of Jesus. Give me the grace to clean out all the things in my lifestyle that have been shortchanging me from eating the good of the land. Father, make me willing; make me obedient so that I will do what you have prescribed in your Word today; and Lord God Almighty, pour into my life the blessings of the willing, the blessings of the obedient. Let me eat the good of the land. Amen.