Walk This Way
21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. 22 And you will defile your graven images overlaid with silver, and your molten images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing, and say to them, “Be gone!” Isaiah 30:21-22
They had been standing in the dark and now the light was turned on. They had been living without any direction and now they were given a Navigator of the soul. They had been so lost and now they were found. They had run so far away from God and now He was calling them home! This promise of restoration from God would have been like a sweet song you hadn’t heard since you were young and now, upon hearing, all of those memories came flowing back in! It had been so long since they had walked with God. I had been so long since they had heard His voice and actually obeyed it. In the face of a restored relationship with the Living God these puny, mute idols held no more sway over their hearts. They wondered, in fact, why they had left God for a lifeless idol in the first place.
I saw the fulfillment of this promise in Isaiah lived out before me last night. I listened intently at a youth service as over 60 youth shared how God had stood behind them during the Traveling Mission trip and said “this is the way, walk in it”. The point of breakthrough happened at the intersection of God’s voice and their obedience. They were bold with their confession of addictions to drugs, pornography, sex, etc. They were smashing the idols of their generation left and right shouting “Be gone” with every confession of faith! Depression, fear, isolation, hatred- all of these idols they used to bow before were being left behind because God was directing their steps. Then this morning I saw it again! I came to journal with Jeff Guilloz and he sat down to journal and then got up again. He apologized because he needed to go find a homeless man he had been talking with earlier that morning. Jeff came back after a little while with tears in his eyes. He had the look of a man that had just heard the voice of the Lord saying “this is the way, walk in it” and actually obeyed. What idol did he smash when he went and bought breakfast for this stranger simply because God had told him to? The idol of religion, which is one of the most difficult to turn from, gets smashed when we choose to follow His voice over following our traditions. This was time for daily devotions right? Isn’t the whole point of sitting down to journal about hearing God’s voice as He directs us through His Word? We will find ourselves smack dab in the middle of freedom and clarity of purpose when we simply obey God’s voice in the middle of our day to day routines.
I’m so inspired this morning, but I’m also convicted. After seeing the youth last night and Jeff this morning it causes me to examine how much I’m actually paying attention to Your voice behind me directing me into this day. I’m so thankful for what I see You doing all around me on this island already! I’m so thankful I get to do this with You! You’re not just telling me to figure it out on my own or to make up something as I go. The more boldly I shout “be gone” to the idols around me the more clearly I hear Your “go here”!