Archive for October 25th, 2008

Isaiah 22

Isaiah 22 talks about the way people are running around trying to fix things and be prepared for coming battle.  They checked the walls, water supply, inventoried houses, fortified the city and on it went.  Sounds like the right thing to do doesn’t it?  But these words really describe what I and maybe you do.  We miss the forest for the trees.  Check out what scripture says: “You looked and looked and looked, but you never looked to him….never once consulted the One who has long had plans”.  Ouch – 2X4 between the eyes.  Does that sound like anyone you know?  Sometimes I get so focused on the details (ok not the details in my case) that I miss the fact that God already has the plan and I need to consult Him rather than run around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to fix things.  I actually believe that I can figure out how to fix stuff.  That if I just work harder and longer, I can make it happen. How ridiculous.  I don’t really have a clue in all honesty about the best way to do a lot of things.  I didn’t create the universe, haven’t been here since it began, can’t say I have the eternal plan in my brain, and certainly can’t see the future.  God has and did all that, and yet I for some reason just decide to try and deal with all of it on my own.  In a word – stupid.  Another word – self centered idiocy.  God alone has the plan I need for my life.  I need to get in His Word and on my knees and find out what that is and then align my life with it. 


The chapter goes on to talk about God cleaning house a bit and putting Eliakim in charge.  The thing that caught my attention is how scripture describes him – “father-leader”.  That is not an oxymoron men.  That is what our role should be.  We need to be fathers who lead, first our families, and then others.  Think on that.  It really is one and the same.  We too often defer our God given responsibility of leading at home to our spouse.  Bad plan and certainly not God’s plan.  Are you leading as you father?  Time to step up.

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