As I read Isaiah this morning (ch 25-31), I pondered a familiar theme. Really, it’s the theme of God’s entire story – worship the Lord your God, and have no other gods!
No other way, thing, or person will protect me when even those I love to feel like my enemies. Those we love or those who love us can not provide a way of escape. When all my circumstances tell me no one is for me; there is One who is for me. No one can bring blessings on me or provide for me like the one and true God and yet there are times when it still seems or feels like I have nothing.
The Israelites continued to seek other means besides God. Just like I do. When, in those days, land represented so much, certainly they had a reason to fear the surrounding nations (and even to this day). But God, and I always feel adrenaline run through me when I read, “but God!” But God reminds them “surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; for shall, the thing made say of him who made it, “he did not make it” or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it “he has no understanding?” (29:16)
I mean for crying out loud, the God who put the starry host in place and formed the huge Redwood trees in the large state of California (the picture above), says to me and you,
I made you, I know what you need no matter what face you today!God
I often get caught up in asking how I seemingly am to take irrelevant word pictures of the Old Testament and relate them to my world? But I found that each word picture paints Gods character. We don’t have to necessarily relate specifically to the times or the culture.
God is the Rock of Ages, He is Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength. (26:4)
That name depicts His consistency to all of creation that spans centuries of societies. He foreknew that we would have the tendency to think there is another way. He knew we would be like the children of Israel and seek others advice, and “trust in the shadow of Egypt!” (30:1)
His heart towards to me and you is gracious. Listen to these words of encouragement even after all the years that He suffered long with His people:
Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you…He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you. And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction…your ears shall hear a word behind you saying walk in it…Isaiah 30: 18-21, Bible
While I wait for the Lord to hear the cries of my heart, I desire that He find me faithful. I pray that when I am tempted to doubt that He is for me that I won’t run to any other for assurance.