- Isaiah 18:1-20:6
- Isaiah 15:1-16:14
“And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them. And the Lordwill strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.” –Isaiah 19:21-22, ESV
Just a session or few ago, our reading in proverbs showed us that we should stay out of the strife that is not ours, that only the fool enters into a strife that belongs to another. As we read through Isaiah today, I see a battle God chose. He created a situation prior to the highlighted verses above where the Egyptians turned on each other. The battle was created by God and purposed of God; the result of that battle, ultimately, was that the Egyptians would turn toward God. And isn’t that His heart every time?
It makes me wonder, when we enter strife and battles that are not ours, how we miss the redemptive hand of God. Whether it is with the Egyptians or with the every day strifes that arise in life, those strifes ordained by God for His good purpose are the ones where we should be engaged to the level by which He calls us to be engaged. God may be orchestrating battles around you that have nothing to do with you! You may see it, but your role may be to prayerfully wait on the sidelines. And that role may change. But just as we are not to rush headlong into battles that are not ours, we should not rush headlong into a battle where we are not called!
It could be that God is asking you to pray daily for a situation or person or circumstance. He has not asked you to do any more than pray. Do not rush into the battle just because you know it is raging and you have a small part. Just as the armor-bearer’s role is to hold the armor, your role may be to pray the situation through. Imagine if the armor-bearer decided to drop the armor and run to the front lines! he isn’t trained for the front lines, he doesn’t know the soldiers’ formations, and he hasn’t been extensively trained in the use of the weaponry. But his excitement so overtook him that now he is in the battle; rather than the soldiers fighting the enemy, they now to protect one of their own who, in misguided fashion, believed he was helping.
Trust God as the commander of the battle. Trust when He says to go, and trust when He says to stay. By doing so, you may just get to witness the glorious hand of God delivering a people without you raising a finger.