TOPIC: Where Are The Tears? (DCLM Daily Manna 29 June 2021)
TEXT: Isaiah 22:1-14
1 The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?
2 Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.
3 All thy rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are found in thee are bound together, which have fled from far.
4 Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.
5 For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.
6 And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.
7 And it shall come to pass, that thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.
8 And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest.
9 Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.
10 And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.
11 Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.
12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.
14 And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
KEY VERSE: “Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.” – (Isaiah 22:4)
A Christian song writer and composer once painted a very severe spiritual condition with the following lines in one of his songs: “My eyes are dry, my faith is old, my heart is hard, my prayers are cold and I know how I ought to be; alive to You and dead to me.”
In the text, Prophet Isaiah revealed the spiritual situation of God’s people in his day. The daughters of his people and indeed all the people were all spoiled and robbed of their spiritual values. The condition became so severe that their rottenness affected the leadership and the laity. In fact, some of the people resorted to fleshy debauchery while neglecting all the righteous ways of God. Their slogan became “let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.” Despite this abject spiritual environment around him, Isaiah never allowed it to affect his faith or the tenderness for weeping over their sins. He wept bitterly in intercessory prayers until revival came!
Our current society and congregations need men like Isaiah. With the obvious spiritual decadence all around, we need to show more concern. Our societies are replete with professors of empty religion who worship God on Sundays and deny Him on Mondays. Worse still is the fact that there are many time-killing inventions that act as elixir to cushion the putrid spiritual situations. In effect, we seem to have lost our tears!
God is depending on His people to show concern when the prevailing spiritual condition is falling short of His standard. When the chips are down, He expects cries to go up to heaven for revival.
Before we rush out today, we should quiz our spiritual thermometer. Is worldliness replacing our commitment to serve God? Are we losing our fire and fervour for God for the feasting of the broad way? Let us check-up.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
In a wanton society, a broken and compassionate heart provokes revival.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Kings 19-20
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.