At the beginning of chapter five, the LORD tells a story of a vineyard, perfectly tended and gardened in premier conditions. When only bad fruit is produced, an important observation is made, “And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, Judge between Me and My vineyard.” (5:3)
I’m sure the people of Israel were looking around at their peers (as chapter five goes on to describe) and thinking they were doing a-okay. This comparison amongst them was merely from the perspective of one rotten person seeing another.
It isn’t until Isaiah sees the LORD, exalted on high, that he discovers his own rottenness, and also how far they’ve all fallen together.
“Then I said, ‘Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.’” (6:5)
How often do I lose sight of God, on high, and get my foot caught in the straps of my high horse? I start comparing myself to those around me and settle for considering myself just a little better than them.
If I kept my eyes on the LORD, I think I would be less tempted to judge, gossip or slander.
If I kept my eyes on the LORD, I think I would remember the need for His Holy Purification, which only comes by His Amazing Grace and Mercy.
If I kept my eyes on the LORD, I think I would be humbled by His use of me and not consider it a personal accomplishment.
If I kept my eyes on the LORD, I think it would start to look like abiding, and the fruit would eventually be His through me, John 15 style.
What would it change in you?