Isaiah 1:12-16… These verses tell us that God got weary of Israel’s sacrifices. “They are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them” (v. 14b, KJV). Does God ever get weary of our present-day church meetings? This word came into my spirit, so I thought maybe I should see if this is so. Isaiah 40:28 tells us that God never gets weary. “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?” The word “weary” as used here means “to gasp, to be exhausted, to tire, to faint.” It refers to physical fatigue. God never gets worn out physically. Yet Isaiah 1:14 tells us that God grew weary of Israel’s temple services. The word “weary” as used here refers to mental fatigue; it means “to be disgusted, to tire mentally, to grieve in spirit, to loathe, or to have one’s forbearance worn out.” The worshippers had been bringing profane sacrifices into the courts of the Lord, and God abhorred it.
Notice what God said. “I can’t stand the evil you do in your holy meetings” (1:13, NCV). This deed caused God to say, “I have had enough . . . I am not pleased” (v. 11). “They are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them” (v. 14, KJV). This is strong language. Does God ever feel this way about our meetings? Does He get mentally exhausted of the doings in the church today? Has our lukewarm Christianity wearied God? To weary God is a serious matter. It can mean life or death to your prayers and intercessions. Note v. 15, “When ye make many prayers, I will not hear.” Many churches pray a lot (intercession), but is God listening? Has God broken off communication? Psalm 66:16-20 tells us that if iniquity is in the heart, the Lord will not listen. Psalm 109:7 tells us that some prayers become sin. Proverbs 28:9 tells us that if you turn your heart away from hearing the Word, your prayer becomes an abomination. When we weary God, we are aborting the blessings that God wants to give to us. Our prayers should not become wasted air.
Isaiah 1:16-17 tells us what removes God’s weariness: “Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow” (KJV).
Pastor George Belobaba
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