Isaiah 19-20 B

Today we have a guest contributor! If you joined us our first time through the Bible, you are familiar with Tiffany’s writing. I love what God showed her in these chapters and I’m thankful for her insight!

My name is Tiffany Jensen. I was raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and have recently left that all behind to adventure with my husband in Sweden. Our God is big and so is the world he created, I’m grateful to get the chance to explore it.

Right away in verse 19 we see idols trembling and hearts melting at the mention of the presence of the Lord. There are all kinds of evils going on here; idol worship, witchcraft, family feuds, neighborhood fights, no one is escaping the discord in the land of Egypt. And what does Egypt do in verse 3 of chapter 19?
“The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will bring their plans to nothing; they will consult idols and the spirits of the dead, the mediums and the spiritists.” 
When disaster strikes, they go to their false gods, their “crutch.” They run to the very thing that has put them in this chaos. It’s easy when reading a story to want to say how blind they were. Clearly if they just cried out to God, they would be saved. But then I think about myself. How many times does an unhealthy habit put me off track and then I turn to that exact habit to distract myself from the discord I have created? Or more simply put, how often do I not run straight to Jesus when life seems to collapse?
“It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.” Is 19:20
 
I LOVE this verse! It shows God’s faithfulness. He wants us to be redeemed, he wants to bring us back into his loving arms. God brought turmoil to Egypt, which seems cruel, but what kind of ruin would they have landed in if they had continuing in their ways? If God hadn’t given them a wake up call?
What part of the story are you in? Still grasping to save yourself, crying out to the Father, or have you been rescued? If you find yourself in a dark place today, know that he sees you. He cannot wait to rescue you – let him. And if you find yourself already in his arms, cherish him as your savior and defender. I hope that you take encouragement from these verses, no matter which side of the story you currently inhabit.
Thanks, Tiff!
-Carly

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