Isaiah 64:7 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. 8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people. 10 Your holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. 11 Our holy and beautiful house, where our ancestors praised you, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins.
V.10 describes the cities of God as “wilderness” and “a desolation”. Then v.11 describes the temple in Jerusalem as “burned by fire”. How did it come to this? The first verses of chapter 65 tell us more.
Isaiah 65: 1 I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that did not call on my name. 2 I held out my hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices…
God didn’t help because the people didn’t ask, so they suffered the consequences. This is an important word for me today. I’ve heard some people express guilt at asking God for help in times of trouble, believing that it’s somehow selfish to do so. But that’s not the perspective the scriptures give to us. God is ready to come to our aid… if we will only ask. And keep asking.
Where do you need to seek help from the Lord today? Have you asked? Could be that the Lord is waiting to hear from you. Lord, give us hearts that turn to you in times of trouble. Amen.