10/18/21 We Wait for You

READING: Isaiah 30-33, Philippians 3:1-4:1

Though scholars differ about the setting of Isaiah 33, it’s likely the Assyrian army stood outside the city of Jerusalem. The reference to the “destroyer” might, on the other hand, be a reference to any nation opposed to the people of God. In either case, though, the response of the remnant of the faithful in Israel is instructive to us: “Lord, be gracious to us! We wait for you. Be our strength every morning and our salvation in time of trouble” (Isa 33:2). 

There’s much here for us to consider in times of trouble in our own lives. First, our response ought to always begin with “Lord” (or some other address of God). Only He can grant us deliverance, and we are foolish indeed to try to save ourselves. Second, our cry should be a cry for grace and mercy. Particularly because we are guilty, sinful people, we never deserve victory on our own merit. Any victory the Lord grants us is because He is a gracious God toward His people. Third, we are wise to push against our impatience and wait for His leading. The Israelites had not always done that, and they learned the hard way that rushing to defend themselves on their own hardly led to victory. Fourth, our prayer should be that God alone be our strength and salvation. Indeed, it is only He whose powerful arm saves and strengthens His people—so why would we not turn to Him? Finally, we ought to seek His strength every morning. Every day brings its own trouble; never does a day go by when we don’t need Him. 

It all seems so simple, yet we still so often turn to our own strength and ability in times of trouble! I don’t know about you, but I still have much to learn. 

PRAYER: “God, forgive me when I don’t wait on You and instead determine my own next steps.”  

DAILY ACTION STEP:  Pray the prayer of Isaiah 33:2 each day this week.        

TOMORROW’S READING: Isaiah 34-7, Philippians 4:2-23

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