What worldview are we conforming to and who are we emulating? Who do we say we worship and who do we worship in action? Are they one in the same? Where or from whom do we seek compassion, justice, love, affirmation, validation, truth? Who do we trust in, rest in, hope in? Who do we seek for counsel and guidance? Who do we believe will help and save us? Who do we trust to protect us and provide for us? Whose ways do we submit to and whose will do we carry out? Are we living in humble, wise righteousness or prideful, foolish rebellion?
We must learn God’s ways and do what He calls us to do. It requires that we not only say He is our God but we act like it. We must seek and follow Him. Easier said than done.
“His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.” -Isaiah 28:26 NIV
There are reasons why God does not show grace to those who refuse to follow Him: “But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord.” -Isaiah 26:10 NIV
Do we really have a true relationship with God if we believe in Him and praise Him with our lips, but only trust in man made rules taught by men or our culture? We start to become disillusioned or ignorant that God sees everything and we forget about God and His ways.
“And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote. What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their evil deeds in the dark! “The Lord can’t see us,” they say. “He doesn’t know what’s going on!” How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?” -Isaiah 29:13, 15-16 NLT
How often do we make plans without consulting God? This reveals that we trust in something or someone else, not God and His provision and guidance.
““What sorrow awaits my rebellious children,” says the Lord. “You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins. For without consulting me, you have gone down to Egypt for help. You have put your trust in Pharaoh’s protection. You have tried to hide in his shade. But by trusting Pharaoh, you will be humiliated, and by depending on him, you will be disgraced.” -Isaiah 30:1-3 NLT
In this postmodern world where ‘my truth is my truth’, sometimes we prefer lies that make us feel good or comfortable (but also put us in bondage) than walking in truth that brings freedom and life. How often do we want to hear what we want to hear instead of desiring God’s will or the truth? Does living outside of God’s design ever truly work out for us? We want to be justified and do what we want to do. But this is rebellion. Submission takes a commitment and humility that we don’t know what what is best and a desperate seeking and trust of God’s guidance.
“that these people are stubborn rebels who refuse to pay attention to the Lord’s instructions. They tell the seers, “Stop seeing visions!” They tell the prophets, “Don’t tell us what is right. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. Forget all this gloom. Get off your narrow path. Stop telling us about your ‘Holy One of Israel.’”” -Isaiah 30:9-11 NLT
God tells us how we can be saved. In resting in Him, in quietness and with confidence, He will be our strength. But we turn to others instead of God to save us- friends, family, pastors, counselors, the government. Why?
“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. You said, ‘No, we will get our help from Egypt. They will give us swift horses for riding into battle.’ But the only swiftness you are going to see is the swiftness of your enemies chasing you!” -Isaiah 30:15-16 NLT
The Good News is that God longs to be gracious to us, showing us compassion. It requires that we come to Him, not others, and He will show us love and compassion. We must seek Him with all our heart and wait on Him patiently and He will help us.
“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.” -Isaiah 30:18 NLT