I had the occasion earlier this summer to do something I hadn’t done in a while—ride some roller coasters. I was thinking how, for a lot of people, riding a roller-coaster is an interesting sociological experiment. First, you have the wait, and reading the warning signs as you wait. Then, finally, it is your turn. For me, there is that moment when I am asking myself, “Is this a good idea?” Then you reach another phase in the experiment. You come eventually to that place where you are committed. You are buckled in, and it starts. Then it is too late. At some point, I usually find myself thinking “This was not a good idea!” And, finally, I come to that place where I am saying, “Make it stop!”
I wonder if that is where we are as a nation. What will it take to say “Make it stop!”
Here’s the message of Isaiah 30:21!
God always reveals His way, but He always gives us a choice whether to follow His way.
What keeps us from walking in God’s way?
We decide that we know better. (Isaiah 30:1-8)
Part of Israel’s rebellion against God was to trust in Egypt instead of God. The reality is that Egypt could not save them. In fact, Isaiah used an interesting phrase in verse 7, “Rahab who just sits.” Now, Rahab had been instrumental in earlier days of Israel’s history. It was Rahab that provided cover for the spies who went into the Promised Land when the first wave of Israel entered that land. But God is now saying, Egypt will be like a “Rahab who just sits.”
They have a plan, alright, but it is not God’s plan. The reality is they are just “piling up sins.” (v. 1)
Many in our country have said, “I know better than God.” The reality is “we are just piling up sins.”
We deceive ourselves with other voices. (Isaiah 30:9-15)
First, we make the mistake of not caring what God says. Then, we come to the place where we do not even want to hear what God says. We replace what God says with what we want to hear. If you want to find someone to agree with you on a matter that is contrary to God’s will, you can find that individual. If you want to find someone to agree with your interpretation of God’s Word, you can find that person. They will be smooth in their delivery. They will be convincing in their argument, but just know that doesn’t make it right.
We dodge the consequences. (Isaiah 30:16-17)
They thought they would escape. Verse 16 references the escape they will make right into exile. We dodge consequences only as the result of God’s mercy, but His hand of mercy is not forever promised.
My prayer for our country is my prayer for my life. May I hear the voice of God saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Then may it be that I always walk in God’s ways.
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