Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 17, 2017

“should not a people consult their God?”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah chapter 8.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+8&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“9 “Be broken, O peoples, and be shattered;
And give ear, all remote places of the earth.
Gird yourselves, yet be shattered;
Gird yourselves, yet be shattered.
10 “Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted;
State a proposal, but it will not stand,
For God is with us.”

11 For thus the Lord spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,

12 “You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’
In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy,
And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.
13 “It is the Lord of hosts whom you should regard as holy.
And He shall be your fear,
And He shall be your dread.
14 “Then He shall become a sanctuary;
But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over,
And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 “Many will stumble over them,
Then they will fall and be broken;
They will even be snared and caught.”

16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.  17 And I will wait for the Lord who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob;  I will even look eagerly for Him. 18 Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

19 When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God?  Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?  20 To the law and to the testimony!  If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.  21 They will pass through the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse their king and their God as they face upward.  22 Then they will look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish;  and they will be driven away into darkness.”  Isaiah 8:9-22.

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Many trust in their own plans and proposals.  Many trust in the conspiracies of men.  Many trust in mediums and spiritists.  In summary, they trust in man rather in God.

But, the LORD of hosts is the One Who should be trusted.  We should not run after man but wait for the LORD of hosts and His word and His work.

“It is the Lord of hosts whom you should regard as holy.
And He shall be your fear,
And He shall be your dread.”  Verse 13.

“…  should not a people consult their God?  …”  Verse 19.

“…  For God is with us.”  Verse 10.

But, for those who, nevertheless, trust in man:

“They will pass through the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse their king and their God as they face upward.  Then they will look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish;  and they will be driven away into darkness.”  Verse 21-22.

But, we should not even trust in our own faith which can fall short or waiver.  We should trust the LORD of hosts to give us sufficient faith and to preserve it.

We get small hints of this in today’s Scripture and in yesterday’s Scripture.

In today’s Scripture, we notice election in verse 18.  “Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.”  Verse 18.  In other words, not only Isaiah would witness signs and wonders from the LORD of hosts but also “the children whom the Lord has given me (Isaiah)”.

In today’s Scripture, we notice that the elect have “dawn” in verse 20 contrast to the “darkness” of the non-elect:  “…  If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.”  Verse 20.

In yesterday’s Scripture, we notice that Jeremiah 17:7 does not end with “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord”.  Rather, this trust is conditioned and described by the following phrase “And whose trust is the Lord.”  In other words, the blessed trust is one which comes from the Lord and is not based on man’s wisdom or will.

Reformed Doctrine summarizes Scripture by describing this faith.

Article 14.  Faith is therefore to be considered as the gift of God, not on account of its being offered by God to man, to be accepted or rejected at his pleasure;  but because it is in reality conferred, breathed, and infused into him;  or even because God bestows the power or ability to believe, and then expects that man should by the exercise of his own free will, consent to the terms of that salvation, and actually believe in Christ;  but because he who works in man both to will and to do, and indeed all things in all, produces both the will to believe, and the act of believing also.  THIRD AND FOURTH HEADS OF DOCTRINE Of the Corruption of Man, His Conversion to God, and the Manner Thereof of Canons of Dordt.

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