Pushed Aside

Isaiah 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!”

Often, we start out learning from our parents, our teachers, and our employers. We grow depending on those who taught us. At some point, we choose that we have outgrown our parents, our teachers, and even those who employ us.

We are all the sum of what we’ve been taught. Not one of us is self-made. Ultimately, God is the source of all wisdom and knowledge, and He gives to us and reveals to us what we need to know when we need to know it.

As a young man in his twenties, I thought I had learned all I needed from my parents, only to find there was so much more they had to offer. But I didn’t understand that until I was humble enough to ask for advice.

As a child of God, we learn and grow in who we are and what God has for us. We can stagnate and be comfortable with a bit of knowledge but missing so much more. 

Our passage today reminds me of those times, my pride kept me from learning until I became humble enough to seek wisdom. It can be devastating to forsake the knowledge available to us through our God. 

It doesn’t make sense to the human mind to be more dependent as we learn and grow. But, with God, the more we grow, the more we know to be more dependent on Him, not less. 

The Israelites thought they knew what they wanted, where they needed to go, and who to trust. Yet, we learn that they wandered from the God that gave them the victory to be brought to a place of need and cried out to God for help.

If it happened one time, we might think they had just forgotten. But it happened over and over again. Before we start to criticize, we must look inward and ask if we have learned all that we’ve been taught.

Over the years, we have heard countless sermons, messages, and lessons that could fill a library. Yet, do we do all we have learned?

When we have eaten more than we should, we push away from the table and say, “Enough!” Do we dare do the same when we feel we’ve had enough of God?

He’ll not give us more than we can handle. He will also enable us to do that which we cannot. May we come each morning asking to learn some new things from His Word and rejoice when He does. 

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