Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
God’s people were serving and worshiping the LORD according to the traditions and rules they had been taught but their heart was far from the LORD. They worshiped, believed and served according to the way they were taught but their heart was far from the LORD. That is exactly why the Book of Isaiah opens up in chapter one and verse thirteen with these words, “Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.” The LORD didn’t want to hear anymore of their worship because it was lipservice and their heart wasn’t in it.
It is completely troubling to me that the LORD could feel like my worship of Him, both inside and outside the church, could be called vain and considered iniquity! Are we going through a vain ritual in our service to and our worship of the LORD? If we are worshiping out of ritual and our heart is not really in it then the wisdom of our wise men shall perish and the understanding of our prudent men shall be hid.
When you look at the current state of our world it is easy to say that there is a lack of wisdom and understanding. The church wants to instantly jump up and start blaming this ungodly world we live in. However, lost humanity is not the ones worshiping the LORD with a heart far from Him. They don’t worship the LORD. It is the church that is producing heartless worship.
Let us return to the LORD, as a church, and put our heart where our worship is and then we shall see a return of wisdom and understanding.