We all want the Father’s best for our life, but sometimes we get in His way. That was certainly the case with Israel. Today’s passage from Isaiah begins, “‘Woe to the rebellious children,’ declares the Lord, ‘Who execute a plan, but not Mine’” (v. 1).
Instead of trusting in God’s promises and power, Israel focused on the threat of an enemy attack. They decided the safest approach was to rely on Egypt’s help even though God told them the solution was to repent and trust in Him. By substituting their plan for the Lord’s, they missed His best for the nation and suffered as a result.
When you have a decision to make, do you focus on God and His Word or on the problem you’re facing? Are you quick to accept other people’s advice before seeking guidance in the Scriptures? Although your plan may seem like the most promising option, if you have left God out, it’s very possible you’ve become an obstacle to what He desires for you.
When you are tempted to take matters into your own hands, remember the Lord’s guidance: “In quietness and trust is your strength” (Isa. 30:15). When you follow Him, He’ll guide you to the optimal path for your life.