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Isaiah 29 [Read]
Isaiah 30 [Read]
Ephesians 6 [Read]
Isaiah served as the prophet of God for a long time, and his tenure spanned across four kings of Judah (Isa 1:1). He saw the defiling of LORD’s temple by King Ahaz (2Ki 16:17-18), and he witnessed the fall of the Northern Kingdom into the hands of Assyria (2Ki 17:6). He was sent to preach the judgment of the LORD to the people of Judah, knowing that they would not listen (Isa 6:9-10). In fact, they even tried to tell him what to preach (30:10). The situation was hopeless.
But God told him to preach a different message. “Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them” (30:20). The adversity and affliction were actually given by God, and he did this to his own people with a purpose. In the midst of great afflictions from internal corruption and external oppression, the Lord wanted Isaiah to tell his people that such adversity was actually a blessing. Through such adversity, the teachers would be hidden no more. Because of such affliction, they would be able to see clearly who the true teachers from God were. They would be given ears to listen to the voice behind them: “This is the way; walk in it” (30:21). But such blessing only comes when they cry for help (30:19), and it’s because God is gracious and full of compassion (30:18).
When we look back to our lives, most of us can find “bread of adversity” and “water of affliction”. I know I do. Some drift away due to such circumstances, because they had a false expectation of God. God is supposed to protect them and answer their prayers, and the sole purpose of their believing in God is to be blessed in the way they want. In a sense, they created God. Unfortunately, the created god can never be more powerful than their creator. For others, we take the opportunity to see our own limitations and weaknesses. We realize that God is not there waiting to serve our needs, so we humble ourselves before the almighty and allow him to mold us through such adversity and affliction. In a sense, we acknowledge that God created us. With such recognition, God will then turn afflictions into blessings in his way and in his time. So, the question for you today is: “did you create God or did God create you?”
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