Playing the game “Four Square” was a common past time in my growing-up years. All that was need was chalk, a ball, and four players. The goal was to bounce the ball into a square to an opposing player who was then to catch it. The aim had to be precise. If the ball should hit a line or go out of bounds, then it would not count. The problem with chalk was that sometimes the lines got blurry. Because we repeatedly stepped on those lines, the boundaries were not so clear. Many a shouting match could have been avoided had we just thought to re-draw those lines with more chalk!
Our verse for today describes a situation where lines are blurred. There is a lack of clarity about what is truly good, light and sweet. The prophet, Isaiah, tells his people that there will be a reckoning when the arrogant will be humbled and God will be exalted by His perfect justice. Those who blur the lines between good and evil will not go unpunished.
One would think that Isaiah is describing our modern day world! No one seems sure anymore of what is really good or evil or whether these concepts are archaic! In films, one is moved to applaud the bad guy! To believe in absolutes appears old-fashioned. Our society feels it has evolved. But as Solomon said, “there is nothing new under the sun.” (Eccl. 1:9)
If ever I feel confused, I can “unblur” those lines by returning to God’s clear standards, created in love. Thank you Lord, that Your standards are good, light and sweet!