Isaiah 58:1-2; 12 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
This was given to Isaiah for God’s people in Israel. Jesus was shown as one who would be a repairer and restorer. The works of darkness make it easier than we imagine to get a crack in our shell. We can get like a leaky pipe that’s been good for years and all of a sudden a leak develops. It takes a detective to find leaks but they have to be found and repaired. Sometimes as Christians we develop a breach in our spiritual life. The important thing is to get it fixed.
There are some things I can fix and others I can’t. I call a repairman and he knows how. There is tremendous pressure from every side. We’re all battling something. If we don’t call out to God for help we’ll develop a crack. If we let it go it will get bigger and bigger. We need Jesus. When we leak or crack there are some things God expects us to fix ourselves. We do our part and then turn the breach over to God. Call on the repairman and he’ll be right there. He can fix it before it destroys us. He’s the repairer of the breach and the restorer of the paths. The devil will make sure things come our way; call on the repairer. Go by the instructions. Give God glory. When we do our best in seeking and reading his directions we still need to dial 1-800-JESUS. He’ll be there to fix what we can’t.
Stop thinking you are leak proof. Have you noticed that your car begins to have problems after the warranty runs out? The Lord wants us to have victory. Follow the rules before the leaks. We’ll have them when we don’t obey God. Search for leaks. Take an honest look at your life. Have you done or said something you should not? Sin is like a razor knife that causes a leak. It may be so small we pay no attention to it, but if it’s not fixed it will get bigger and bigger. Sin is like leaven. A little just grows and grows. Call on the repairer. He’ll plug the holes and leaks.
Verse 2 reminds us to seek him daily. Being a Christian is not a part time thing. It’s a continuous life. The devil doesn’t give us days off. We’re instructed by God to repent and seek the Lord daily for victory over the devil. We learn about God in his Word. Our greatest times of victory are when we seek him and desire to know his ways. God will not wink at sin. He shows no partiality. He doesn’t overlook my sin and not yours. The Word teaches us to love and fear God and asks how we can call him Lord if we don’t follow his commandments. Is there a leak that needs to be fixed?
Righteousness is out the door and wickedness is in. America is leaking like a sieve but small groups of Christians are everywhere and God knows where. Don’t forsake God’s Word. Seek him to learn more. We’ll never get to the point of reading it all and figuring it out. We need the Word daily. If we hunger and thirst after righteousness we will be filled.
It’s not just about getting from God; what are we giving him? Stay close to him. Take delight in approaching him. The first step in backsliding is not seeking him. We’re never as close as we need to be. It pays to pray and desire the ways of God. Doing so will take care of a whole lot of leaks. I don’t know how plumbers and mechanics do what they do; they just know how. We do what the Bible tells us and turn the rest over to God, the repairer and restorer. We won’t be leak proof in this life but we can stay close enough to God that we can turn to him for anything, anytime.