by: Wesley Thomas
Verse of the Day, April 11, 2020
Isaiah 30:21 CSB "and whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: "This is the way. Walk in it.""
When trouble comes our way, we often try to solve the problem on our own. Isaiah 30 reveals the reality of how easily we seek advice from everyone but God. The Bible calls, trusting anyone or anything above God, an idol. When Judah faced attack from Assyria, they sought to bribe Egypt for help (pay for friendship, peace, and security). Isaiah warned them of their foolishness. They wanted to find an easy way out of trouble.
Judah refused to listen to God’s prophets (30:9-11). We too often rather hear a lie than face the truth, when an illusion makes us feel safer and comfortable (30:10-11). God does save us in emergencies, but He prefers that we follow his advice every day, all day, so he can guide us safely through all of life (30:1; Life application Bible).
God warned his people that trusting Egypt would lead to embarrassment. When we gather and follow the advice contrary to God’s advice, he will shatter and scatter us. We can buy a fast horse to outrun our trouble, but our enemy can always purchase a faster horse to catch us. However, when we trust God and honor his advice, he will shatter our enemy and scatter our troubles (30:31-33).
Lord, thank you for showing me your love and patiently guiding me, through today’s problems. Lord, instruct me today and help me learn today’s lessons so I may walk closer with you (30:20). Today, I will read your word and seek your will. Help me avoid making plans without first consulting you (30:1). Lord, I trust you today to correct me, if I veer left or right from your path. I believe you will speak to me through your word, by your Spirit, that I return and find rest in you (30:21; 15).