Those four words, "but you would not" may be some of the saddest words in the Bible. Time and time again God had proven Himself faithful to the children of Israel. He'd miraculously delivered them from slavery, He'd fought for them in battle, He'd miraculously met their needs. Yet, here they were facing another challenge and instead of turning to God, which you'd think would be their first response to trouble, they decided to seek help from Egypt. God pleads with them through the prophet Isaiah, warning them that Egypt would be a stumbling block to them, warning them to turn to God instead. The words in this thirtieth chapter of Isaiah are heart wrenching as God tells them how He is waiting and longing to be gracious to them and to hear and answer their cries. But they would not turn to Him.
It sounds incredulous doesn't it? But let's be honest, how often is our first instinct in times of trouble to phone a friend or to try to reason and figure out our own way through the situation? All too often I'm afraid.
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