Yesterday we took a brief trip to Egypt with the rebellious Israelites and learned that we often flee to Egypt ourselves. Seeking safety and protection from the oppression we were delivered out of is tricky business, and not too smart! We do it anyway, don't we?
offers a way out in this verse from Isaiah 30:15:
And that's just what those rebellious Israelites did, right?
If we read further in Isaiah 30, we learn that they would have none of it. They STILL wanted to do things in their own strength. They wanted nothing to do with repentance, rest, quietness or trust. How was that going to win a battle??? I don't know about you, but I can relate to that. Haven't I said the same thing when turmoil is swirling around me?
The Lord longs to be gracious to you;
He rises to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him! (Is 30:18)
He rises from His heavenly throne to come to our aid. The verses following in Isaiah 30 say that as soon as He hears our cries for help, He will answer us (v19). We will hear His voice directing our steps, and we will throw away our idols (v22), finally rejecting the help that comes from Egypt--that false security.
God is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love (Psalm 145:8), and He is faithful to His promises (v13). When it seems as though there is a delay to his graciousness, it is only because he is giving us time to repent. He's gracious in even that.
His promises are many (and these are just in two chapters!):
- Salvation comes from repentance and rest (Is 30:15).
- Strength is found in quietness and confidence/trust (Is 30:15).
- The fruit of righteousness will be peace (Is 32:17).
- The effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever (Is 32:17).
- We will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes and in undisturbed places of rest (Is 32:18).
Peace comes from acknowledging the Lord (Hos 2:19-20)
Not in Egypt.
Not in false security.
Not in the land of hardship and distress.
But in acknowledgment of the Lord.
And it starts with repentance.
Will you join me? Let's turn out backs on the Egypt that we too often seek refuge from so that we can live fully in the promises of God (check out my latest video, Livin' in the Promises).
If your heart is convicted; if you have been saying, "Stop confronting me," or if you "would have none of it," then join me in this prayer of repentance:
Father God, I come humbly to You today with a heavy heart. I've been shuttling down to Egypt in an effort to placate myself, in an effort to find security and peace. Yet, this very same Egypt is the one you delivered me from. (Take a moment and ask God to reveal your "Egypt" if you don't know it. Once you have it, name it). I realize that this will never bring me freedom and will never satisfy me. It gives me false security.
My security can only be found in You, my Savior, my Redeemer, my Jesus. You brought me up out of Egypt and I have turned my back on you forsaking you each time I attempt to find peace and fulfillment there.
I repent of my rebellion, my unwillingness to listen to your direction and my obstinate nature. You know my weaknesses, Lord, and you know that I cannot do it alone. I need your help. Your word says that as soon as you hear my cries for help, you answer. So, even if I don't hear your voice or feel your presence, I know you've heard me and I know that you've risen to show me compassion, justice and mercy. Your grace will heal all my wounds.
Help me to rest in You, God. Help me to seek peace and pursue it (1 Peter 3:11). Help me to be quiet and trust You. Only then will I be confident of my faith and Your strength.
I desire to go down to Egypt no more. Instead, I desire to live in a peaceful dwelling place, in a secure home, and in an undisturbed place of rest.
Help me to stay out of Egypt!
In Jesus precious name
I'll be praying for you!
Blessings Along the Path,
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Matthew Henry Commentary on Isaiah 30