Read: Isaiah 30:8-26
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. (v. 21)
Wouldn’t it be great sometimes if someone would tell us how to make important decisions? Which job to apply for, where to move, whom to marry? We often long for that elusive “handwriting on the wall” or an audible divine voice directing our steps. Even writing this devotional is hard. I’m not sure which words to use or what my focus should be. I’d like to hear a voice behind me dictate sentences and say, “This is the way . . .”
Isaiah 30 describes people who are rebellious, unwilling to listen to God’s instruction (vv. 9-11). They don’t want visions of what is right or divine prophecies. They prefer illusions and pleasantries and are unwilling to wait for God’s word. Yet he “waits to be gracious . . . to show mercy to you” (v. 18).
Perhaps our questions for direction will be answered if we are willing to wait and willing to listen when God speaks in his own way and time. Be open, even in difficult circumstances. Then follow through with action. As verse 23 says, God will send rain for the seed you sow, but you must still sow it. Take that step of faith when you are shown the way. Walk in it. —Denise Vredevoogd
Prayer: God, we need your voice to show us the way. Open our ears to hear your direction for our lives.