Isaiah 30:1-2 “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; Who walk to go down to Egypt, And have not asked My advice, To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, And to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
Isaiah 30:4 That this is a rebellious people, Lying children, Children who will not hear the law of the Lord;
Isaiah 30:12-13 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel: “Because you despise this word, And trust in oppression and perversity, And rely on them, Therefore this iniquity shall be to you Like a breach ready to fall, A bulge in a high wall, Whose breaking comes suddenly, in an instant.
Isaiah 31:1b … But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the Lord!
Isaiah 31:6 Return to Him against whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.
These verses hit me hard. It’s easy to read and think “those silly children of Israel.” But if I’m honest I see my own failings here.
How many times do I take counsel from friends or family but not from God?
How often do I plan without seeking His Spirit?
How many times do I seek people’s advice rather than asking for God’s?
I am no better than the children of Israel. I am equally rebellious.
Every time I don’t look to the Lord or seek Him I despise His Word and trust in perversity.
But it’s not all bad.
It’s good to remember your rebellion so you are brought back to the gracious Lord our God.
Isaiah 30:15 says … “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”…
Isaiah 30:18 says Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.
Isaiah 33:6 says Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the Lord is His treasure.
It is in Him we find rest, confidence and strength.
He grants us mercy for our many faults, though we don’t deserve it. (It’s called grace!)
Wisdom and knowledge both come from the Lord and provide stability and salvation in the crazy times we live in.
Awesome reverence of our Lord and Savior is our treasure.
How did these Scriptures affect you?
Thank you, Lord, for your mercy. Thank you for your patience. Give me desires to seek You in all things. In Jesus’ name Amen.