Isaiah 30:21

Matthew Henry
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What is the way that we are to walk in?

Isaiah tells us that when we turn to the left or to the right, that the Lord will speak to us. “This is the way, walk in it.” To a believer, as I read this, I have always gotten immense comfort but did not fully understand why.

Wesley writes:Thou shalt hear the voice of God’s word and spirit. Behind thee – A metaphor borrowed from shepherds, who use to follow their sheep, and recall them when they go out of the way.

Matthew Henry writes: here are right-hand and left-hand errors; the tempter is busy courting us into by-paths. It is happy if, by the counsels of a faithful minister or friend, or the checks of conscience, and the strivings of God the Spirit, we are set right when doubting, and prevented from going wrong. They shall be cured of their idolatry. To all true penitents sin becomes very hateful. This is shown daily in the conversion of souls, by the power of Divine grace, to the fear and love of God. Abundant means of grace, with the influences of the Holy Spirit, would be extended to places destitute of them. The effect of this should be comfort and joy to the people of God. Light, that is, knowledge, shall increase. This is the light which the gospel brought into the world, and which proclaims healing to the broken-hearted.

Is being a Christ follower, following along some path? Can it be that easy? Well, I say yes, and I say no. It is that easy. That as we walk with Christ, in the Spirit, we are guided, reminded of the path that we need to be on. When we walk with Christ, in the Spirit, there is nothing that is imposible, no hill to high or valley to low that we cannot walk through. When we are in the Spirit.

What about when we walk with Christ, but not in the Spirit? When we walk in the flesh, we are not in the Spirit and we cannot be in Christ. We turn to the left and we turn to the left, seeking our own affairs, listening to our own hearts, our own desires. We may believe we are walking with Christ, but we are only decieving ourselves. This is not the way to walk in and it becomes impossible for us to walk in the way becuase we cannot hear His voice.

The children of Israel walked in the desert for forty years, their hearts hardened. They walked in cirlces. They did not heed the voice of the Lord that called out to them in the wilderness. Even Moses stumbled off of the path and was not allowed to enter the Holy Land. The children of Israel had Moses to sheperd them from captivity, but he could not save them from their sins. he could not change their hearts.

We have a shepherd, a good shepherd that wants us to remain on that path. We have a shepherd that we can look to, we can listen for. We have a shepherd that we can we’re sorry for.., Our shepherd has called out of the darkness and chose not just to live among us, but indwell with us. (James 4:5)

I would urge you as well as myself today to ask; “Am I hearing His voice?”

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