20 Aug 2020 - Isaiah 30
TRUST HIS DIRECTIONS
Isaiah begins his woe by criticizing the people (Israelites) for making plans that are not in line with God’s plans. He calls them tenacious, disobedient children for doing this. Rather than relying on God who has promised to deliver them, they are turning to Egypt for an alliance to save them from Assyria. Vs 2: “Who set out to go down to Egypt without asking for my direction.” They refuse to trust God’s plans and stop looking for the direction of God. God assured them that He would deliver them but out of unbelief they are making their own plans. The people fail to understand that relying on people brings dishonor and no help at all.
Vs 9-10 These are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction. Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions. Leave this way, get off this path, and stop confronting us
Not only are they unwilling to listen to God’s instruction but demand to hear only the things they want to hear. But the core talk of this chapter is found in Vs 15. In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength. God reminds us that,
- trusting God's promise means returning. If there is conspicuous disobedience in our lives, we must return to the LORD's ways.
- trusting God's promise means resting in God's promises. Be still to know He is God, quieten your heart and surrender saying “let your will be done”
- trusting God's promise means confidence. You aren't given to despair or fear, because you trust God's promise. You know He can and will come through, and you have a deep confidence in the God who loves you.
There is no person walking this earth more powerful than a child of God boldly and properly trusting the promise of the living God! In spite of the distrust He is a GRACIOUS GOD Vs 18.
Vs 30:22 God’s mercy and grace cleanses and reconditions our idolatrous hearts. When the idols are cast out, then God will pour out His blessings even more (30:23-26). How glorious to be led of the Spirit and having God say, "This is the way, walk in it." The way of waiting upon God and completing a trust walk with Him.
Even as we prepare ourselves to start the 21 days of fast and pray, let us examine our heart’s condition. Are we willing to trust God and His directions as we pray for a break through and take a closer walk with the Lord? If we humble ourselves and confess that we have not believed in Him, that we have not wanted to submit to His authority, and that we have doubted His love for us, then He will forgive us and give us the grace to submit to Him, to resist the devil, and draw near to Him.
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
Therefore, he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
Dear Heavenly Father, how can I ever thank you for the love and mercy shown to me even when I failed to trust you. Please forgive me for those times that I have not intentionally surrendered to your directions. I resign from running the affairs of my life and let You reign in all aspects. I commit everything concerning me – my family, ministry, relationships, finances, plans, desires, and dreams. I want Your best for my life. I desire Your perfect will in all areas of my life, I ask for the joy of the Lord to be my strength. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.”