I have some thoughts on verses from Isaiah that I’d like to share with you today. 

In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you. For only when you come to judge the earth will people learn what is right.

Isaiah 26:9 (NLT)

How can people learn what is right? By the time they are being judged, it’s too late. Isn’t it? The next verse shows us how to learn what is right.

But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord (emphasis added).

Isaiah 26:10 (NIV)

All of us have sinned. No one isn’t without sin. Therefore, we could posit that the “wicked” in this verse applies to everyone. Now, if we recognize the grace of God upon us. That is, the forgiveness of our sins through Christ, we repent and turn from our wicked ways to follow God. This is how we begin to learn what is right. God is right. Always and forever. 

Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

Isaiah 26:12 (NIV)

Humility lies in understanding that we can do nothing on our own. Everything we have accomplished in our lives has been done by the will of God. We run into problems when we start thinking that God did that thing, but we did this other thing.

We were with child, we writhed in labor, but we gave birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth, and the people of the world have not come to life (emphasis added).

Isaiah 26:18 (NIV)

“We writhed in labor, but we gave birth to wind” sums up the futility of everything we try and do on our own. 

For it is: “Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there.”

Isaiah 28:10 (NIV)

Yesterday, I wrote about how little people change. This 2,700-year-old verse is a great commentary on how little people change since many still think the Bible is a book of rules.

So then, the word of the Lord to them will become: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there— so that as they go they will fall backward; they will be injured and snared and captured.

Isaiah 28:13 (NIV)

This verse does a good job of summing up what happens to those who reject the grace of God and his word. They are injured by life, snared by sin, and captured by death. Although the circumstances Isaiah wrote about so long ago were different, people are still the same. 

Well, that’s all I have for today. I pray this day finds you well, and I thank you for stopping by.