Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Reading in Isaiah 30 recently, I came across a situation we can all relate to. Hearing that the Assyrian army was marching to Jerusalem, most of its residents made plans to flee to Egypt for help. In verse 15, the Lord revealed to them their only reliable option: “For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.” To put it simply, God told them that by turning back to Him from their idolatrous ways and by staying put and trusting in Him, they would be saved. They did not and chose to go seek help in Egypt anyway. Result: they paid a very heavy price for it. Today, this scenario is repeated when Christians are either in the midst of or facing an impending storm. We often want to jump ahead of God and seek help from another source, but the only reliable option for God’s people then is the one we have today. We must wait and trust Him, especially in important decisions. He knows our cares, worries, and fears and will act on our behalf at the right time and save us.
God’s promise for today: (Isaiah 40:31) “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Note: I have been pressed for time these last few days so today I offered you a meditation I wrote for our church bulletin in 2006. I hope it blessed you nonetheless.