“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.