SUMMARY: Foolish partnerships
OVERVIEW: Isaiah contrasts Israel’s drunken leaders in the north and ignorant leaders in the south with the wisdom and a threat of judgment from the Lord.
BIG IDEA: Trust God and his promises, not the other voices clamoring for your attention.
KEY VERSE: Isaiah 28:7 (Isaiah to leaders)
Now, however, Israel is led by drunks who reel with wine and stagger with alcohol. The priests and prophets stagger with alcohol and lose themselves in wine. They reel when they see visions and stagger as they render decisions.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I love you and am here for you. But my heart aches when other voices deceive you. I know you will experience pain and disappointment when you follow those who only care for themselves. They may tell you what you want to hear, but their promises are not reliable. My promises are trustworthy, and my path is correct. I can back it up. My way is not always popular, nor is it easy, but it is an adventure that produces faith, hope, and love.
Don’t rely on drunken modern-day prophets. They are proud and no longer teachable. They count on alliances that they don’t honor. Instead, they break them when convenient. As an alternative, listen for my voice. I will teach you. Others laugh at my way or joke that I am old-fashioned and out of date. Yet, I watch them repeat the same errors and listen to the same lies that the enemy has shared since the beginning of time. Team with me. Follow me, and let me fill your heart and mind with hope.
Evaluate your trust in God. What does it look like? Are you trusting God in words and actions or with words only? Are you paying more attention to what others think, or are you acting on what God has said? Take time to reflect on that today. Ask God and respond as he leads.