Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left.Isaiah 30:21(NASB)
We have a wonderful God and throughout His Word we see over and again His loving-kindness, tender-mercies and patient-endurance ever flowing out to His children and guiding us along the right pathway. He has promised never to leave us and always to lead and guide us in the way we should go, even during those times when we prove faithless – even on those occasions when we deliberately disobey Him or try to work things out in our own strength.
Here we see the disobedient nation of Israel once again being rebuked by the prophet Isaiah for a range of rebellious acts and defiant attitudes against God. Nevertheless His grace and mercy pours forth to His chosen people in a cleansing flood and a refreshing stream, for the Lord longs to shower compassion, mercy, comfort and grace onto His distressed people, and to bring them to victory in their lives.
The Lord had told Israel that by returning to Him and trusting in Him they would be saved from their enemies. He had told them that it would be in quietness of spirit and through confidence in His faithfulness that they would find strength to deal with the trials and tribulations they were facing. He told them that their ears would hear a word behind them, saying, this is the way, walk you in it. But Israel acted like a petulant child and tried to defeat the Assyrian army by seeking help from Egypt, rather than placing their trust in the Lord their God.
We like Israel can also be forgetful and foolish, rebellious and ignorant, disobedient and petulant, but God’s grace and mercy towards us is never changing and He is always there to guide us back into the way of truth. All that He desires of us is that we listen to His voice, hearken to His word, trust in His love and obey His commands so that every step we take may be directed by Him – for our eternal benefit and for His glory.
Christ is the Way and Christ is our Guide. Christ is the path and He is our constant companion, but the enemy has set traps on the left and laid snares on the right, and he pummels our ears with doctrinal falsities and entices us away from the highway of holiness, with tempting ‘treats’ and deadly doubts.
Let us learn to listen to the word of the Lord and hearken to His voice behind us - leading us, guiding us and telling us which is the way that we should go, so that we do not turn to the right hand or to the left – but keep our ears ever open to His still, small voice of love.
Loving Father I praise and thank You for Your faithfulness, even when I am faithless. I long to tune the ears of my heart to Your promptings and to always listen to Your voice. Thank You that You are always there to hold me steady when the enemy of my soul seeks to entrap me. More than anything I thank You that You sent Jesus to be my Saviour and my Friend – my Way and my Life, in Whose name I pray, AMEN.