Our God is amazing. He doesn’t wait on us. In fact, He did it all by sending Jesus to take care of everything we need for us to meet God’s goal for us.
He just did it even though we didn’t bother to ask. What an amazing God.
He is there for us even when we don’t ask.
He is available even when we don’t realize it.
He is always ready no matter what. Now that is an amazing God. God is worthy of our praise. God is stunningly beautiful in every way.
I was sought by those who did not ask;
I was found by those who did not seek me. | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Is 65:1). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Constantly reaching out to Israel, God revealed Himself to those who did not even ask for that revelation. Only because of His grace did He do so, even calling out to them, Here am I.
Yet they did not respond. He was always ready to help them (holding out His hands; Paul quotes vv. 1–2 in Rom. 10:20–21), but they continued to be stubborn, independent, and evil.
They provoked God by:
- worshiping in pagan gardens (cf. Isa. 1:29; 66:17);
- being involved in necromancy (supposedly consulting the dead, while sitting among the graves, 65:4; cf. 8:19);
- disregarding His dietary laws (65:4b; cf. 66:3, 17; Lev. 11:7); and
- being religiously arrogant till they became as repulsive and irritating to Him as smoke in a person’s nose.
Because of their missing God’s goal (aka sins), the Master would judge them. The Assyrian threat (Isa. 1–37) and the Babylonian Exile (chaps. 38–66) were two of the ways the Master disciplined His people. The consequences of sin had to be faced; God would pay them back in judgment for their idolatrous worship in high places.