"Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow."
(Isaiah 50:10-11 KJV)
This is a dire warning Our Awesome God had Isaiah proclaim for those who know about God but do not trust in the strong, steady light of His righteousness. Instead, they kindle or build a fire with airborne sparks and rely on the flickering light of their own righteousness. So light represents righteousness or trust in something. And the quality of the righteousness and its endurance depends on the source. (See Romans 10:3). It is nice to understand the symbology of the scripture but what does it mean?
There is a temptation to try to get out of our sin problem by ourselves using our own trust in ourselves. We got into it by ourselves (and usually some friends) so instead of asking the Lord to help us "kick the habit" of sinning, we try to do it by ourselves. We will be disappointed in our own "righteousness". We may try to find something to do or give up in atonement. We seek the light of the "logical" way and the advice of our friends and not the advice of Our Awesome God. We come to our own conclusions and may want to accept a false path of deliverance that is not our God's way, telling ourselves, "It is the best I can do."
Never try to get out of a situation until Our Awesome God is ready to let you out. He may be teaching more than one lesson you need to learn. Commit the entire situation to Him and learn what He is teaching. Most of all avoid interfering with Our Awesome God's plans and will for your life. If you touch any of God's plans you may mar them as your hands have sinned. Remember you can force a rosebud to open but you will mar the rose. Our Awesome God is worthy of your trust. If you will commit your problems to Him and wait for Him to do His best for you, it will bring you peace and the "fire" will slow up and often go out. God loves you in a way that no one else can --completely for your good. Join us in celebrating and praising Our Awesome God and His achievements for us.
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell about Jesus. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. Our programs include Bible Study along with AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM (September through May) . Let's see what we can do and learn!
Flo & Bill