Isaiah mourns and weeps! I have been focused on Isaiah’s call to repentance, his warnings to Israel to return to God, and some astonishing visions of the future. In the reading we see him from a different angle – as one who cares deeply for the people around him (Isaiah 22:4).
4 That’s why I said, “Leave me alone to weep;
do not try to comfort me.
Let me cry for my people
as I watch them being destroyed.”
Isaiah was horrified by the words he had to speak and by the inevitable calamity that would follow if people continued on their current paths. He even called the people to join his sorrow, but they refused (Isaiah 22:12-13).
12 At that time the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
called you to weep and mourn.
He told you to shave your heads in sorrow for your sins
and to wear clothes of burlap to show your remorse.
13 But instead, you dance and play;
you slaughter cattle and kill sheep.
You feast on meat and drink wine.
You say, “Let’s feast and drink,
for tomorrow we die!”
How does this apply to us today? In what ways (and for what reasons) should we as Christians be mourning and weeping today? Clearly God stands against injustice in all forms. In particular, He is deeply committed to the welfare of the widow and the orphan. What actions are we taking? How are we spending our time and money? I suggest that we start first by joining Isaiah in his mourning and weeping and see where God takes us from there.