We all have emotions, doubts and real problems. Our capacity to both express and feel emotion is a God-given gift. And problems are an unavoidable facet of living in a reality in which things can go well, wrong or something weird in between. And doubts arise because we’re constantly working with incomplete knowledge of just about everything. In all of this, we have a strong tendency to become self-focused and perhaps even a bit nihilistic. God seems to hold very little practicality for our lives as well as our communities. We tend to want to focus on our own ingenuity or perhaps some other method of dealing with reality. Isaiah was attempting to address a similar problem as this in his day. Solomon’s temple, the religious and spiritual crown jewel of Israel was located in Jerusalem, the capital of the kingdom of Judah. Even still, much like the northern kingdom, those in Judah had failed to part ways with their former polytheistic practices. Isaiah likened this to functional atheism, because the idols that they worshiped were not truly gods; they were only created, inanimate objects which were made in the image of man. Isaiah understood the Assyrian invasion as the LORD’s judgement upon their idol worship. But this judgement was also meant to be redemptive, a means by which the LORD would bring his people back to Him.