Everyone loves to celebrate and have a party. The joy, emotions, food and people make for such a festive, happy environment. Yet in our passage in Isaiah we see that celebration is not always the appropriate response to life's circumstances. We like being happy all the time but God tells us there are moments when we need to grieve and lament.
The Israelites find themselves on the verge of judgment for their sins in Isaiah 22 and yet they continue to celebrate, eat, and drink. They have refused God's loving exhortation to weep, wail, and put on sackcloth. They are ignoring their sin and God's work, in order that they can continue in a level of ignorant bliss.
This failed response will only lead to increased judgment, destruction and pain. Rather than thinking that life is about the pursuit of happiness, we must recognize it is about the pursuit of God. God is the one who can satisfy, forgive, and lead us in a life of wisdom (Prov 23:15-16).
Question of the day: Why do we find it hard to lament and grieve well?
Father God, I confess my sin before you. I confess that I pursue things other than you to bring me life. Help me to grieve over my sin and turn to you. Help me to believe that in you is life and submit all of me to you. Amen.