We MUST be DIRECTED by GOD at EVERY STEP: “And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left." (Isaiah 30:20-21)
Though the message in this chapter is one of judgment, Isaiah reminds the people that God longs to be gracious to them. Those who wait on the Lord for help will experience blessings, such as answered prayer (30:18–19), guidance (30:20–21), cleansing (30:22), fruitfulness (30:23–26), victory (30:27–33; 31:4–9), and a song (30:29).
If the people of God would turn to Him in repentance, He would respond by sending sound teachers to lead the people in His way of blessing (vv. 20–21) and to send them rain, sunshine, and plentiful harvests (vv. 23–26). The people had been living in such a way that they were oblivious to their spiritual teachers (v. 20); now they would be taught by the Spirit of the living God (see 28:11–13; 29:11, 12). There shall be no more false teachers, but instead clear guidance from God Himself!
As God’s children, we can have confidence that we will hear God’s voice! The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:14, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." This scripture implies that if we are God's children being born-again, we will be led by God’s Spirit. We have further assurance of this promise in Psalm 37:23-24, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand." God will order our steps, and even when we slip up and fall, if we are truly trying to do His will, He will lift us up and give us a second chance.
The most difficult part of hearing God is the fact that it takes time to learn to discern God's voice, and it takes a humble heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13 says, "Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." God will reveal Himself to those who humbly seek Him!
The writer of Proverbs describes the way that our thoughts and intentions line up with God's will when we submit ourselves fully to the Lord. "Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established." (Prov. 16:3) God will manifest Himself to us and through us as we humbly seek Him. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
We must be directed by God at every step of our life journey! Let us be sensitive to the fact that the voice we hear is truly that of God and not of our own fleshly desires or of Satan. As our Good Shepherd, Jesus will lead us, and we need to follow Him closely as we hear and obey His instructions every day!
"But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice." (John 10:2-4)