Summary – Reflection – Prayer
And Walking it Out
Context: Isaiah 30: 1-33
Focus: Isaiah 30: 15, 18
“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says. Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.
But you would have none of it.”
“ So the Lord must wait for you to come to Him, so He can show you His love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for His help.”
In Isaiah 30 the prophet speaks of the sin of idolatry. Israel did not consult with the Lord concerning their reliance and treaty with Egypt, instead, they looked to them for their source of help when they were threatened by their enemies. They were trusting them to fight for them, and willing even to pay for their help.
Trusting in anything or anyone above God’s counsel through His Word and Holy Spirit is idolatry. When we wait upon the Lord for His guidance and deliverance in the time of trouble, then He will not only deliver us but put us on the straight path of confidence as we practice His quietness and are still.
( Isaiah 30:18, Psalm 46: 1-10).
When we are in a time of calamity and oppression, and remember the faithfulness of God, and return to putting our trust in Him, then He will bring us out, and bless us with His assurance and grace.
He is gracious, merciful and understands all our weaknesses, but He cannot help us until we turn back to Him in repentance for trusting in anything else but His goodness and love.
As we leave the uncertainties behind and go forward believing in His sovereignty, once again, we will no longer clamor for help from our idols but will go forth in confidence, with quietness and assurance, we are loved, always and forever because we are in Christ Jesus.
“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2
Lord, thank you for being there for me in all circumstances. Forgive me when I look to anything or anyone for my source of help. Only you, are my present help in all circumstances and trouble.
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