Isaiah 1:5-6. “Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it: but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.”
The whole head is sick. The head controls the behavior and the heart, or emotions. If the head is sick, the whole body is affected. All the way from the soles of the feet to the head, the whole body is sick, rotting, untreated, bruised and covered with open wounds.
Israel’s thinking, as a nation, had turned to the worship of idols and the forsaking of Jehovah. As a result, the kingdoms were falling apart. There was constant warfare. The people were living in ignorance of God’s Word, and participating in all the evil of the surrounding nations.
The question Isaiah asks in verse 5 is, “How long are you going to continue to heap punishment unto yourselves?”
Yesterday I was talking with a client about the reality of natural consequences. It is a law of physics that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If we choose to abuse alcohol, for instance, we reap the consequence of a diseased brain and liver, just for starters. If we play around with illegal drugs, or abuse prescription drugs, we reap possible overdose, resulting in debility or death.Then people often say, “How could God let this happen?” The answer is simple: God wasn’t involved! The person who became addicted is the person who made the choice to begin the process, and that person receives the natural consequence of his behavior.
It’s not God’s fault.
It’s not God’s fault that America is in such a perilous place today. It is our own fault. We’ve legislated Him out of just about everything, and insisted on teaching the tenets of a religion that sees America as The Great Satan. Why do they see us that way? They will tell you all sorts of “reasons,” but the truth is that they hate the God of Israel upon Whom this nation was founded. They are gleeful when they see us forsaking God. We are sick from the head to the bottoms of our feet.
It is impossible to forsake God and expect no consequences to ensue.