Read Isaiah 29
Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 29:19
Isaiah asked the people to consider what God had planned for them. They had turned things upside down, but God would one day turn everything around by establishing His glorious kingdom on earth. The devastated land would become a paradise. There would be no more scoffers or ruthless people practicing injustice. The founders of the nation, Abraham and Jacob, would see their descendants glorifying the Lord. In light of this future, why should Judah turn to feeble nations like Egypt for help? God was on their side, and they could trust Him! It is tragic when a nation forgets its great spiritual heritage and turns from trusting the Lord to trusting the plans and promises of people.
At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, Benjamin Franklin said, “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men.… I therefore beg leave to move, that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning.”
Isaiah sought that attitude in Jerusalem, but instead, he found only scoffing and unbelief.
Something to Ponder
Are you currently in any cumbersome situations that you would like to be free of? What do you think God would have you do?