“I will set Egyptians against Egyptians;
Everyone will fight against his brother,
And everyone against his neighbor,
City against city, kingdom against kingdom.
3 The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst;
I will destroy their counsel,
And they will consult the idols and the charmers,
The mediums and the sorcerers.
4 And the Egyptians I will give
Into the hand of a cruel master,
And a fierce king will rule over them,”
Says the Lord, the Lord of hosts. (Isaiah 19:2-4 NKJV)
This chapter is another prophesy, this whole book is actually one prophesy after another. But, these verses caught me.
You see we are the Egyptians. Sin has caused us to turn our back against God and turn toward idols (TV, porn, internet stuff etc.) For me it was netflix and I didn’t see it. I was a slave to it.
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. (John 8:34 NKJV)
You know my days were surrounded around how much netflix I could watch. If anyone got in my “way” of watching – I would let out my “grrr”. It was bad. What got me to realize? Well, we had a guest speaker at the church and? I was feeling a nudging from the Lord. I just didn’t want to acknowledge it until that guest speaker.
God let me be overindulged (v4) and I ignored the jibs (is that the word?) that I would get from others. “Oh Jessica spends her days binge watching shows.” I shake my head now, for so long – how could I not see?
The nudging I would get, it would be me noticing how angry I got when people got in the way of my TV or noticing my devotional time was lacking. Then when I realized? Its like a weight has been lifted off.
20 And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them (Isaiah 19:20 NKJV)
Be careful friends, something that can seem so innocent – can be so … well deadly, for lack of a better word. It is a life of sin, one that has an idol. Its sin – never mind its a perfect word. Sin leads to death. Ask God to show you any idols you may have in your life and keep reaching out toward Him.