Isaiah 30

Isaiah 30 picks up from the start the reality that mankind falls short.  “Ah, stubborn children, declares the Lord, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt”.  We really are a stubborn lot as people.  We do what we want.  We plan and do our own thing.  We ignore God’s direction, and we choose to sin.  We fail to take direction and run elsewhere to get protection, which doesn’t exist.  Apart from God there is no protection.

So God instructs us to learn His ways and then write it down so we can remember it and teach it to our children.  “And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever”.  Did you catch this?  We need to record what is going on and what God has taught us so we have a record and witness.  And we need to share it with those around us and be sure we teach others well.  When we fail, trouble comes.  “Because you despise this word and trust in oppression and perverseness and rely on them”, disaster is ours.  We will suffer.

But even though we fail to walk with God, He is there waiting to bring us back and opens His arms to us.  “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him”.  Note what scripture tells us here.  God is gracious, but also a God of justice.  It isn’t a free ride.  It’s just that He has a plan for someone else to pay the price.  He shows mercy on us by having sent Christ to the Cross to atone for our sin and meet the judgment that is ours.

He is a God of love.  He has made a way for us.  “He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you”.  We will be blessed beyond what we deserve if we come to Him.  But it isn’t easy.  The enemy is there trying to lead us astray and to get us to ignore God’s call.  “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left”.  We need to have our eyes wide open that we have an adversary that does not want us to experience God’s grace or mercy.  He wants us to fail and not cry out to God.  His plan for our lives is destruction!

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