Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins be as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.”
A good teacher is often hard to find. Anyone can get up and share facts about a particular subject, but a gifted teacher knows how to motivate her students. A good teacher knows how to give life to a subject and stimulate a pupil to think.
Thinking, problem solving, and reasoning are skills that are necessary all through life. These abilities will guide you, help you to grow, and protect you. Without a good teacher a person is headed for big trouble.
The children of Israel, had taken a wrong path. Somewhere along the way, they turned from the God of their fathers and began to worship idols. They forgot their history of how God had called them through their ancestor Abraham to be a people devoted to Him. They failed to remember how He had rescued them from Egyptian bondage, miraculously provided for them in the desert, brought them to a land they could call their own, and most of all loved them deeply. All of His laws and regulations were given with their best interests in mind to give them hope and a future. But these stubborn people willfully chose to disobey.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God spoke to this wayward nation. He called them to use their rational thinking skills to consider the options. “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins be as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.”
There were two options for God’s people: they could obey and receive forgiveness and blessing or they could refuse, rebel, and be devoured by the sword. God called them to think carefully and make wise and informed decisions.
These options are also before each of us today. God has given us life guidelines in His word that we must choose to follow. The law of the Lord is perfect and produces restoration and joy. His judgments are better than gold and sweeter than honey, and there is a great reward for those who keep them.
Listen, my children, good teachers have taught you to think, so use your reasoning skills.
Will you pursue God’s loving plan even when it is difficult? Will you give up sinful worldly pleasures and trust that His way is best? If you do, you will experience peace and joy that comes from forgiveness as well as God’s blessing on your life.
Or will you choose to ignore God’s perfect plan, do things your own way, and suffer the consequences of disobedience?
Reason through the options and consequences and make your decision. The results are up to you.