“Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord, “Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin; (Isaiah 30:1 NKJV)
For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing, (Isaiah 30:15 NASB)
So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. (Isaiah 30:18 NLT)
In 701 B.C.Israel went through something. It was a situation that left them deathly afraid of Assyria. So much so they just knew they were doomed if something miraculous didn’t happen. So they, just like us often time, ran straight to God, right? Nope,wrong! Israel decided that THEY WOULD create their own deliverance, just like we do on many occasions. Israel decided to go “down” to Egypt to “buy” an alliance, instead of seeking and waiting on God.
My friend, when the going gets rough and tough, Wait on God. He’s seeking you out in common and strange ways today, trying to get you this message. He did the same thing for Israel, He sought them out through common and strange ways. Read in Isaiah 20 about Isaiah stripping down.
And the Lord said, “Even as My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a sign and token against Egypt and Cush, so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, young and old, naked and barefoot with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
(Isaiah 20:3, 4 NASB)
God has promised to take care us, we just simply need to SEEK Him out for direction and WAIT on Him for guidance.
Food for thought
1. What plan have you made without taking counsel with God? Is it a new business plan, a plan to marry or divorce, a plan to relocate or stay, what is it?
2. Are you willing to confess your plan as sin against The one true God who KNOWS the plan He has for you ( see Jeremiah 29:11).
3. How has God Himself spoken to you today?
is a child of Earline Blumhagen’s