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 feel like my enemies or; provide a way of escape when all my circumstances tell me no one is for me; or bring blessing on me when I have so many material things and I still feel like nothing.
In these times, I remember how in everything we are seeking security, acceptance and significance and ultimately these can only be found in God alone.
The Israelite’s continued to seek other means besides God. 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 says to me and you, I made you, I know what you need no matter what face you today!
I often get caught up in asking how do seemingly irrelevant word pictures of the Old Testament relate to my world? But I found that each word picture paints Gods character. We don’t have to necessarily relate specifically to the times. And God never contradicts Himself.
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…!” (30:18-21)
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. May you and I remember God and return to Him and be saved!