- Isaiah 22:15-25
- Isaiah 30:1-32:20
“‘Ah, stubborn children,’ declares the Lord, ‘who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin.'” –Isaiah 30:1, ESV
Oh the precious love of the Lord. As I write this, I am “on call” for work. In my particular area of work, we address college student concerns, and wow, do they have many. Though the continuous calls to handle yet another silly choice can wear on a person, over and over again, we find ourselves saying with endearing tone, “I suppose you will learn this one the hard way.” With freedom of college opens the freedom of many choices, and not all will choose wisely. But those put in place of authority, in place of care and concern over them, well, we keep coming back. Because in those choices there is an enduring quality of trying, of making an attempt, and when the light bulb comes on and they “get it” for the first time, that is a professional high like no other.
Such is how God views us, without the weariness of our calls. He sees us as trying this and that, pushing boundaries here and there. And yet, He calls to us. When we go astray, He reaches out. And when we go too far, He disciplines. But His discipline is not out of spite. He longs for us to “get it,” to see that light bulb go on and truly grasp all that He longs to show us.
Read the excerpted verse again, but this time, instead of angry-God-voice, read it with a heart endeared to the one on whom it is spoken. For this is how God speaks to you.