When God speaks to us, we ought to turn our ears toward him and our feet in his direction. He will make our paths straight when we lean on him and not on our own understanding. What is God saying to you today, and will you listen or fight his voice?
1 A prophecy against Egypt:
See, the Lord rides on a swift cloud
and is coming to Egypt.
The idols of Egypt tremble before him,
and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.
3 The Egyptians will lose heart,
and I will bring their plans to nothing;
they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead,
the mediums and the spiritists.
11 The officials of Zoan are nothing but fools;
the wise counselors of Pharaoh give senseless advice.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
“I am one of the wise men,
a disciple of the ancient kings”?
12 Where are your wise men now?
Let them show you and make known
what the Lord Almighty
has planned against Egypt.
18 In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord Almighty. One of them will be called the City of the Sun.
19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border. 20 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. 21 So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord.
25 The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”
Isaiah 19:1, 3 11-12, 18-20, 25
God prophesied the humbling of Egypt, who would seek the wisdom of mediums and spiritists. They are no match for God and his mighty hand, anymore than the wizards of Pharaoh were back in Moses’ day.
Yet we see here that God’s plan is not to reduce Egypt to dust, but to enlighten them and build them up into a nation which fears and follows God. “Blessed be Egypt my people…” This is the phrase God would like to utter about every people. That’s why Jesus came to earth.
God wants to rescue and defend and bless us, yet many will fight the hand of God and require humbling before they will turn to the God who wants to save them.
Some, like the Athens Paul encountered in his visit, worship gods they do not know because no one has introduced them to the God who gave them breath. Others, like the city of Nineveh in Jonah’s time, will course-correct at the first hearing of God’s word to them.
The prophets must share God’s word, and it will be between God and the hearers to determine their fate. For you and me, it is clear that when God speaks to us, we ought to turn our ears toward him and our feet in his direction. He will make our paths straight when we lean on him and not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).
What is God speaking to you today?