This week we had a tough decision to make.
If we decided one way….people would applaud us and cheer.
If we decided another way….people would think we were being foolish.
We were pretty certain in our hearts what the decision should be.
And then we read this verse….
15 Listen! The Lord, the Eternal, the Holy One of Israel says,
Eternal One: In returning and rest, you will be saved.
In quietness and trust you will find strength.
But you refused.
16 You couldn’t sit still;
instead, you said, “No! We will ride out of here on horseback.
Fast horses will give us an edge in battle.”
But those who pursue you will be faster still.
17 When one person threatens, a thousand will panic and flee.
When five terrorize you, all will run pell-mell,
Until you are as conspicuous as a single flag standing high on a hill.
18 Meanwhile, the Eternal One yearns to give you grace and boundless compassion;
that’s why He waits.
For the Eternal is a God of justice.
Those inclined toward Him, waiting for His help, will find happiness.
Isaiah 30: 15-18
It confirmed in our spirits what we should do.
Or for that matter…shouldn’t do.
We could very easily have solved a lot of problems with one decision.
Or could we?
It’s pretty obvious that this scripture is about an army of men involved in a battle.
One could say we are involved in a battle too. Certainly not one that involves horses and fighting.
But, I am pretty certain there is a battle in the heavenlies.
Here’s what my heart knows.
Even if it doesn’t make sense in the eyes of the people around me, I need to trust God, and his timing.
These verses are pretty clear, when we go our own way, we collect a whole new set of problems.
The problems I already have are great enough. I certainly don’t need to make even greater new ones.
Sure…God will certainly allow me to trudge or fly ahead. He won’t intercept my moves.
Instead he will wait for me to return to him….to trust him.
If I go my own way, I’ll miss his grace and compassion.
If I wait for him, I’ll find happiness.
In the midst of circumstances we need to step back.
Are our decisions short-sighted and based solely on what we see?
Or are we God-sighted…making decisions based on scripture and Godly principles and bathed in prayer?
That decision we had to make?
It was confirmed….we made the right decision.
You see in the end, we decided trusting God trumped what appeared to be the expedient thing.
God in his goodness didn’t make us wonder and doubt.
Now, I wish that I could tell you that that is the end of the story.
No…we are in the midst of the story. There is no resolution. We’re still living in limbo. And things really are not good.
Even so…we will trust… and in the trusting…find our strength.
We will trust in a God of justice who yearns to give us grace and boundless compassion.
Waiting on him will be worth it.
Lots of things in life don’t make sense. Don’t I know.
Each day is filled with choices.
What will you do when you have a tough decision to make?
Today is Joy Day!
The day when we take time to look back over our past week and count the gifts and blessings from the week. I’m reminded that some gifts aren’t exactly pleasant. Yet, in all things we are to give thanks.
Please join me in counting just ‘seven’ from the past week.
God, I’m grateful:
- for being able take some long walks this week, in spite of the bitter cold and strong winds.
- to live in a warm house.
- for the confirmation we received from you, God.
- for your word that gives us life and teaches us how to live.
- for the sun coming up earlier and the new energy that comes at that hour.
- for the incredible challenges you placed before us this week.
- that you are our hope when all things appear quite hopeless.
Now it’s YOUR turn!!
Join me in counting ‘seven.’
Scroll down to the comment section…Share Your Extraordinary Thoughts….and list your ‘seven.’
I dare you!
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