Day 20

“Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. Then you will destroy all your silver idols and your precious gold images. You will throw them out like filthy rags, saying to them, “Good riddance!” – Isaiah 30:20-22

 

The prophet Isaiah was speaking to a people that over and over again had turned away from God to trust in themselves, other countries, or even idols. God gave them warnings and second chances, but they chose to learn the hard way. Isaiah reminds them of God’s continued care, even through the tough consequences to their poor decisions. God not only allowed them to live and continue to be a people, He continued to be present among them even through their hardships. Isaiah knew the people would continue to wander off of God’s plan, but he reminded them that God’s voice would continue to affirm His path and encourage them to follow. And as the people followed God’s good path, they saw the worthlessness of their idols and the ineffectiveness of trusting in pagan nations.

What about us? Do we find ourselves continuing to travel down the path of trusting our own devices, or the provisions of others who do not know God? Have we caused problems for ourselves that could have been avoided if we would have just listened to the voice of God? If so, it’s never too late to start listening to God. Ask God to reveal to you anything you place over Him and why it will fail. Then ask God to put down barriers to those detours that so easily trap you. As the Message translation puts it, “God is right there and He’s on the job.” He is faithful. He is always present. He can be trusted.

  • True Blue

    Love this message. I trust God always and forever! I place him before anything and anyone, I always pray he leads and guides me his way not mine. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

  • Lisa Hadebe

    I trust God in everything l do,any decision l make l rely on him to direct my path. I am nothing without God,Proverbs 3:5

  • Elaine Saramago

    I believe I have no idols and I put my trust in the living God. Dear God please show me if I have any idols

  • angelamoe

    I trust you lord!

  • Lynne Campbell

    My trust is in you Lord.

  • Wendy

    I’m asking that He reveal to me anything I place over Him and why it will fail.

  • Barbara Donovan

    In the last 18 days of fasting and prayer the Lord has changed and brought the gift of discernment before me. I have ended a toxic relationship. Gained custody of my daughter and my son has begun his battle by going into rehab. All in 18 days of prayer and fasting. Thank you Jesus. Lead me Lord. I am yours.

  • Barbara Donovan

    There I no greater love than yours