"Be true to yourself.” That is a popular message sweeping the globe with the ferocity of a wildfire. Ironically, among most people on the planet, the only One that does not have the right to be true to Himself is God - not the God of the Bible, anyway. Any god that says to us, “Be true to yourself,” is acceptable, but not the God that says, “Be true to Me.” If God is true to Himself, how serious, then, is the issue of us turning from God’s way to our own ways - in essence, turning away from God to ourselves? Can He stay true to Himself and let us live? After our rebellion, can He stay true to Himself and offer us repentance and redemption, instead of retribution? We will see the answer in this verse of Isaiah. We will see the wonderful, joyful, answer in understanding iniquity and in understanding atonement. We must understand the extent of our problem to then understand the impact of God’s solution.
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