July 16, Reading 2 – Isaiah 30

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SAA Notes

Jesus spoke strong words like these in the Sermon on the Mount. We are to be doers of the words of Christ as well as hearers.

SJA Notes

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when your turn to the left.”

What a wonderful promise of God’s word leading us, His active direction and help in our lives!

What’s really interesting here though is the bigger picture of what God is saying.

It’s in the context of God’s people having rejected Him, having taken up carved idols as gods, putting their faith in created things rather than creator.

We read in the previous chapter what the Lord has already said on this, “You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, ‘He did not make me’; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, ‘He has no understanding’?” (Isaiah 29 v16)

God promises to give us direction and hope, which is something idols cannot do.

We get the words of the one that created all things. Why listen instead to the things made? Which includes not only idols as we typically envisage them, but also anything _not_ of God. The world speaks to us, and we must not listen!

* Creator God, sustainer of all things, giver of life, thank You for Your grace and mercy to us!

Thank You for Your promise to direct our steps, to make sure our paths.

Please help us to be a people that seek Your wisdom and follow You only, forsaking that which is created.

Amen.

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