Isaiah 17

In that day a man will look to his Maker,
And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
He will not look to the altars,
The work of his hands;
He will not respect what his fingers have made,
Nor the wooden images[a] nor the incense altars. (Isaiah 17:7-8 NKJV)

Isaiah 17 starts with talking about the judgement of Damascus (the capital of Syria) and Ephraim (the northern tribe of Israel). In the midst of this judgement, some people (v7) responded in the right way – they looked toward God and were repentant.

In response God removed the things that caused them to fall away. Their false idols and wooden images.

c6b4ac1b756137cf21f05a7b5e9a7182-classroom-signs-classroom-postersGot me thinking about how when we go through a trial there is always something we gravitate to during the hardest parts. Food, TV, another person – whatever. (For me its been food and TV)

After this past two weeks of my testing, I realized how wrong I was. I became so convicted – we should always be looking toward the Lord for our help. Our comfort should only come from the one who can give it.

I’ve learned, that there are different types of testing/trials we go through. Times of testing could be God protecting us or God putting us through a time of testing because He is correcting us.

But?

Each are time we are going through this? Is cause God wants us to stop looking at the world and start looking at Him.

 

How can you tell which is which? Ask God. He’ll be very up front with you.

 Great tribulation brings out the great strength of God. If you never feel inward conflicts and sinking of soul, you do not know much of the upholding power of God; but if you go down, down, into the depths of soul-anguish till the deep threatens to shut her mouth upon you, and then the Lord rides upon a cherub and does fly, yea, rides upon the wings of the wind and delivers your soul, (Ps 18:9-10; Deut 33:26-27) and catches you away to the third heaven of delight, then you perceive the majesty of divine grace. Oh, there must be the weakness of man, felt, recognized, and mourned over, or else the strength of the Son of God will never be perfected in us.” (Spurgeon)

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