Preparing for Success
“…Says the LORD, “You make plans that are contrary to mine.
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You make alliances not directed by my Spirit…” ~Isaiah 30:1
This passage comes from the book of Isaiah. It starts with the Lord giving a message to the people of Israel as they were leaving on a journey. There were Jewish ambassadors who were leaving to go to Egypt to request aid in their battle against Assyria. You might think, “well that seems like a good idea, but if we read the rest of the chapter, we begin to understand why God was not happy with the people.
Without praying and talking with God about the situation, the Israelites were taking the situation into their own hands! How often have we done that very same thing?
Even worse, they were going to Egypt, remember, the land that God had rescued them from. They were seeking to form an alliance with the Pharaoh there instead of relying on God to help them.