Good Morning August 13

There is no denying that the issues we face in society are complicated. We debate, wrangle, wring our hands, and try all manner of solutions, none of which can make everyone happy. We are not unlike ancient Israel who was facing deterioration from within, and enemies from without. It was then God said to them, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”(Isaiah 30:15) God was saying that they first needed to humble themselves before Him, acknowledge their sins, and look to Him in trust. When we depend only upon ourselves, that is all we have, human wisdom and strength. The problem is, regardless of the lip service we pay, we really don’t believe there is a strength and wisdom beyond ourselves. Ancient Israel didn’t believe it either. The end of verse 15 says, “but you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.'” That is depend upon human solutions alone. The Lord is continually reaching out to us, if only we will listen. If we will humble ourselves before God in repentance, there is a wisdom far greater than anything we possess.