Isaiah 63:15-19 – Lord, why did you let me stray?
The second half of Isaiah 63 is a prayer, spoken in the third person, that describes the heartfelt cry of the Israelites after they are taken captive to Babylon. At the time it was written, it hadn’t happened yet. But it would happen, and verse 17 captures the thought that will be in the heart of every person:
O Lord, why have You made us stray from Your ways, and hardened our heart from Your fear? (Isaiah 63:17)
While on the surface it may sound strange, in truth it is the thought of many a backslider who has began to experience the consequences of turning from God: “Lord, why did you let me sin? Why did you let me go my own way?”
It’s a bit ironic, that a Christian would decide to turn from God to their own way, yet when the consequences of sin come, and they will come, they ask God why He allowed it!
Friends, we must acknowledge that if we choose to turn from God, we’re not only opening ourselves up to the consequences of sin, we’re moving out of the protective covering of the Lord. We’re placing ourselves in a position where the enemy of our soul can run his schemes and deceptions, and it will not turn out well for us.
Matthew Henry puts it well: Spiritual judgments are more to be dreaded than any other calamities; and we should most carefully avoid those sins which justly provoke the Lord to leave men to themselves and to their deceiver.
So if one were to find themselves in this place, rather than cry out to God “why did you let me stray…” Simply confess your sin, and know that God is looking down with mercy and tenderness, willing to forgive and restore.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
We can change the world, one life at a time…