Who are we living to please with our plans, ourselves, the world, or God?
We hear so much about the divisions in America today. We hear about our divisions in our politics, races, sexual identities, what is sin and what isn’t, and what is accepted and what isn’t. We here songs about it, we see different people in all walks of life doing different things about it. We hear speeches about it, but what wall of division should we keep up, if any, or what wall has been placed that no one will ever break? Is there so much greed, ignorance, hatred, and sin in America because many are living to please themselves, or the world?
First, we each must look deep within ourselves and ask who each of us want to truly please, God, ourselves or the world? It is that simple, either we can live to please the true God, ourselves, or the world. We will never be able to please all, but only One. When we please ourselves or the world we will not be pleasing our true God, and when we please God we will not be pleasing ourselves or the world.
Let us look at what happens to people who live to please themselves, the world and God through God’s Holy Word. There are many scriptures that tell us not to follow or trust in ourselves, and the world. Today we are looking at one in Isaiah, chapter 30, that tells us a lot of what happens when we follow ourselves and the world, and what happens when we turn to Him.
Isaiah 30: 1-3 Woe to the obstinate children, declares the Lord. “To those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge. But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame, Egypt’s shade will bring you disgrace.
If a person has faith in himself making his own plans and not considering God, they will be counting on other things and people while making there on plans along the way. They will be forming alliances but not with His Spirit. He will not be leading them, they will be living a life of sin, upon sin, and those who they are relying on whether it is themselves, others, a job they have, or a government that gives them assurance or protection all will end in them feeling shameful and who they are relying on will bring them disgrace.
NIV Isaiah 30:15 In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, No, we will flee on horses. Therefore, you will flee. You said, we will ride off on swift horses; Therefore, your pursuers will be swift.
Repentance - The KJV uses the word “return” in the place of repentance. The Hebrew word is shuwbah is sounds like shoo-baw’ which means retirement, withdrawal or surrender. This means God wants us to get to the end of ourselves in our own strength and retire, withdrawal, surrender or return to Him as being Lord of our lives. He is the only one that can deliver us and save us from our sinful natures, greed, ignorance, and break the walls of hatred toward one another.
Rest – Hebrew word nachath sounds like nakh’-ath. this word means rest in attitude, chill out, don’t be afraid, anxious or loose self-control when sin comes knocking at your door. This means our attitude only rest in Him in all circumstances when we return or surrender ourselves to Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives. Through His Spirit He will give us a restful heart and delivers us while we wait!
Quietness – this word is shaqat it sounds like shaw-kat’ it means to be undisturbed while you wait or rest. All this is what God gives us through Jesus and our repentance or surrender to Him at the Cross, and we keep surrendering, resting, and being undisturbed by His presence. But the rebellious children who do not want to live by God’s Word and His teachings would not have anything to do with surrendering, resting in quietness of His Spirit they want to make their own plans and live their own lives the way they chose too.
Have you noticed a lot of “Christians” are desiring to only listen to pleasant things, and some have quit wanting to be confronted by the truth of God’s word they would rather live in illusions?
Isiah 30:9 These are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the LORD’s instruction. They say to the seers, “See no more visions and to the prophets, “Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.
When we take our own way after God has told us to repent of our sins or to return to Him, our rest in Him alone is our salvation, in quietness of spirit and complete trust in Him is our strength, and we say NO, and want to go our own way he will let us to prove we are nothing without him in this world. Our sins will pursue us along with the wicked in the world, and one day we will cry to Him for help!
When one lives to please God and waits on Him there is another story….
Isaiah 3018 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him! O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes, you will see them. Whether you turn from the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it. Then you will defile your idols over laid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Away with you!”
When we live to please God by waiting in surrender, rest and undisturbed spirit relying on Him and His Spirit as our Lord we will always hear His voice telling us where to go living out his plans and will for our lives. We will be giving up all things in ourselves, and in our lives, that are not Him that we idolized before. Not only do we have rest in our souls, and our hearts are full of His gracious assurance, He does more for us!
V 23 He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. IN that day, your cattle will graze in broad meadows.
The day we surrender and wait on Him He will give us strength, and begin blessing us in all we do, and we will have all we need to share with others!!
If you find yourself being rebellious against God because you have chosen not to live by His word, and not to return or surrender your soul and spirit in rest and quietness to Him. You can return, and surrender now this day and he can begin blessing you and giving you all you need!!! Never let Him go as you surrender your spirit, soul and body to Him everyday living out His Word through His given Spirit that clothes you in His righteousness, strength, restful soul and unending peace!!! He loves to prove these words to all His children in Christ!! He loves to prove to you through Him you will have all need in this life spiritually, physically and emotionally as you continue to live out His plan! Begin truly today, take that step of faith in Him and watch Him work in, through you and all around your life as you continue to follow His plan!!!