Feb 6, 2019
Nobody likes being disciplined. And it doesn’t help when a parent tells the child they are about to discipline that, “This will hurt me far worse than it hurts you.” That well-used maxim has never been believed by any child of any age at any time in history. And the children of God are no different. Despite the fact that God assures us that He disciplines those He loves, we still avoid it like the plague. We will do anything in our power to escape the judgment and loving discipline of God – even if it means refusing to own up to the sin in our lives and rejecting His will for our lives. In Isaiah 19:1-15, we are going to encounter yet another oracle of God, this time delivered to the nation of Egypt. The nation of Judah had placed Egypt high on its list of potential candidates for the role of rescuer from God’s pending judgment. But God was going to let Judah know that Egypt would have enough problems of its own, and find themselves unwilling and incapable of doing anything to help Judah out of its predicament. We may not like the discipline of God, but we will never be successful in escaping it. He always disciplines those He loves.