Isaiah 5:20 says:
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
I turned to the Bible during COVID-19 out of frustration. From my point of view, the leaders I once trusted were calling bad “good” and good “bad.” Things needed to be clarified.
No one stepped up to clarify, and all good cities were burning down.
Dr. Suess described my feelings best in his masterpiece, “The Sneetches,” when he wrote:
“No one knew… if this one was that one, or that one was this one, or which one was what one, or what one was who.”
The Bible provided me with comfort, solace, and moral guidance.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John helped me during those times of uncertainty and distress. The life and ministry of Jesus Christ offered me a comprehensive understanding.
Jesus’ teachings, actions, and significance gave me a profound source of a deeper understanding of faith.
Today, I’m sharing Isaiah 5:20 because it warns against moral confusion and the distortion of values.
Every day, I encounter situations and behaviors that make me reflect on right and wrong, good and evil, and the importance of maintaining moral clarity and values.
Those who know me best know that I’m no angel. I’ve certainly made my share of mistakes.
Which is why writing this post feels awkward, and that’s also why I’m writing it.
I’m making a recommendation to read the Bible.
I’m a book reader. I’ve always been a book reader, but now… I’ve abandoned all books and prefer reading the Bible – 10 minutes daily.
Once upon a time, my ex-father-in-law, who has since passed, recommended that I read the story of Jesus. I said No thanks. I think of him often because 27 years later, I understand what he was trying to lead me toward. It’s a good path to follow.
I have found the Bible as a source of strength, guidance, and hope.
The Bible offers a rich collection of verses and teachings. It provides a sense of purpose, moral grounding, and a connection to something greater than myself. Especially as a committed Father, I trust that the understanding of some of the most difficult challenges is found in the Bible.
I read a headline from Wired [dot] com that read:
“Preferring Biological Children Is Immoral.”
Headlines like that usurp God with the audacity of the devil.
Being sensitive and astute to language, I encounter this type of audacity every day.
The internet is like a wild ride with content from all walks of life.
Many of the publications I used to love are now captured entities.
So when I close my laptop and put my phone down, it’s the Bible that works as a counterbalance, and that helps me feel more reassured and resolute.
I would like to conclude by bringing it back to Isaiah 5:20.
These verses are part of a series of “woes” that warn against pride, arrogance, and self-righteousness. It cautions against individuals who trust their wisdom and understanding, thinking they are clever and self-sufficient rather than relying on God’s guidance and wisdom. The verse reminds us to remain humble and acknowledge our dependence on divine wisdom.
I take that advice to heart, and maybe you can, too.
With love and respect.