The other day I was flipping through my journaling Bible and stumbled across this note I’d made to myself in the book of Isaiah. .
👉🏼 “like children are we who make our own plans and build alliances apart from God, apart from the Holy Spirit—the foolish head into familiar places of oppression without the sense to ask for God’s guidance and direction.” .
I made the note next to Isaiah 30, which reads, ‘Ah stubborn children,’ declares the Lord, who carry out a plan, but note mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt! (Isaiah 30:1-2)
👉🏼 If you’re unfamiliar with the story, God freed the Israelites from slavery under Pharaoh but the freedom trail wasn’t what they expected or imagined, and the Israelites constantly lamented the good ol’ days of their slavery. Repeatedly they talked about returning to their familiar places of oppression, because at least there, they had meat to eat🙄🤦🏻♀️. .
👉🏼 Sometimes I like to get on my high-horse about the foolishness of the Israelites, as if I am better than they were, as if I don’t make alliances with sin, as if I don’t slink quietly back to familiar places of oppression because at least there, I knew what to expect. I’m guessing that when I made that note in the margins of my Bible it was because I knew in that moment that this scripture wasn’t only about the Israelites, I recognized myself in this passage, and knew that I needed to be reminded that any alliances I build apart from the Lord are prone to rot. I needed to be reminded that to chart my own course, without asking God for direction, is the path to no-man’s land. .
🤷🏻♀️I’m sharing this with you because I’m pretty sure, I’m not the only one who could use the reminder. My familiar places of oppression may not be the same as yours, but let’s be honest and admit that we both have them, and that we need God’s help to keep walking in the hard way of sanctification. 🙌🏽 .
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