“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, 17 learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”
says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land . . . (Isa 1:16-19)
A willing, submissive heart receives blessings from the Lord. There are only two requirements, according to this passage:
- Willingness – readiness, acceptance, cooperation, and
- Obedience – respect, submission, agreement.
Once we have settled these two issues within ourselves, it only remains that we act in accordance with God’s will and plan for us. We do this because we are committed to trusting God to determine what is best for each one of us, and because we love Him.
Not only does God know what the “good of the land” is; but He knows the precise desires of your heart! Lo and behold! He has also promised to give them to you! (Ps 21:2; 34:4)
The good of the land refers to all of the material blessings that the land can produce. God promises to pour out these wonderful and precious blessings upon His children when He sees our willingness and obedience.
Decide now to give the Lord your heartfelt willingness and obedience, brothers and sisters!
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. (12) Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuke to an obedient ear. (Pro 25:11-12)
A word fitly spoken implies words of wise counsel given just in the nick of time, even as events unfold. Comparing this word of wise guidance to golden apples set in a woven, silver basket is designed to help us to realize just how valuable and desirable this advice is to the person who receives it. Unless we value and use such guidance, which is sent to us by God through another human being, it cannot help us!
Along similar lines, verse 12 of Proverbs 25 wants us to open our eyes to this truth: those who want to KNOW and DO rightly are the people who most highly cherish good counsel. For a listening ear [listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit] surpasses one hung with gold!
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. (Pro 9:9)
The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise. (Pro 15:31)
It’s spiritually healthy for us to remember that all children receive instruction and rebuke from a loving parent. The Lord will send us wisdom, instruction, and correction through other people. This message from the Lord can turn our lives around; help us to make mid-course corrections, and help us to avoid shipwreck in the future.
The moral of this article is that all of us who believe in Jesus Christ need to have an obedient and receptive ear, and to be willing to receive correction.