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This is the point in the reading that things really get interesting. Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon and Isaiah, there is so much that I don’t fully understand and yet one thing has struck me clearly as I’ve read through Isaiah particularly.
Everything comes from the Lord, the good and the bad. He truly is sovereign and in control of all. All things happen according to his plan. There is great comfort in that and great rebuke.
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord! Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster, and does not retract His words, but will arise against the house of evil doers, and against the help of the workers of iniquity. Now the Egyptians are men and not God, and their horses are flesh and not spirit; So the Lord will stretch out His hand, and he who helps will stumble and he who is helped will fall, and all of them will come to an end together.
How often when we are in trouble or distress do we turn to the physical things that we can do rather than turning first to God for help? How often do we try to “fix” a problem by relying on our own wisdom and doing something that may have a good end result, but clearly violates some of the principles of God’s Word?
This seems to be a overall recurring theme through out the Old Testament. When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, God told them to stand by and see the salvation that God had wrought for them that day. God would fight for them while they remained silent.
Gideon (you know that he’s one of my favorites) went up against the Midianites who “were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as numerous as the sand on the seashore” with 300 men and God gave him victory.
I often tell my children that sometimes obeying God feels like you’re closing your eyes and stepping off a cliff. Do you obey God when it looks like the path that He has called you to will end in disaster, or do you only obey God when you see how it will all work out in the end? Are you willing to step off the edge of the cliff in faith and obedience to your sovereign God or are you still looking through your fearful eyes of flesh?
“Do I act on the reality that God is really sovereign?”
Our family is currently behind in our reading by 2 days. We should remedy that today by taking some time away from our other school subjects and allowing extra time for Bible reading. (This is one of the reasons that we’ve chosen to home educate, it gives us the freedom to choose our own priorities and not be stuck with the ideas that someone else imposes.)
Please leave a link to your update post or a comment and let us know how you are doing. We have committed to pray for each of you every day of this challenge and when you let us know how you are doing it helps us to pray a little more specifically.
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You may be interested in reading about how Mark tried to murder all of our fish or how I tackle a big project with little ones around. Also feel free to ask some questions on this post about our bulk freezer cooking, I’m working on a “how we do it post” on that topic, so now is the time to speak up. 🙂