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13th September 2023

Desperate Solution



You did not look to its Maker . . .

Who fashioned it long ago.

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Isaiah 22:11




In the late sixteenth century, William of Orange intentionally flooded much of his nation’s land. The Dutch monarch resorted to such a drastic measure in an attempt to drive out the invading Spaniards. However, it did not work, and a vast swath of prime farmland was lost to the sea. “Desperate times call for desperate measures,” they say.

In Isaiah’s day, Jerusalem turned to desperate measures too when the Assyrian army threatened them. Creating a water storage system to endure the siege, the people also tore down houses to shore up the city walls. Such tactics may have been prudent, but they neglected the most important step. “You built a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the Old Pool,” God said, “but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago” (Isaiah 22:11).


We are not likely to encounter a literal army outside our homes today. “The batterings always come in commonplace ways and through commonplace people,” said Oswald Chambers. Yet, such “batterings” are genuine threats. Thankfully, they also bring with them God’s invitation to turn to Him first for what we need.


When life’s irritations and interruptions come, will you see them as opportunities to turn to God? Or will you seek your own desperate solutions?

Bible Reading

Isaiah 22:8–13.

Prayer

Today, loving God, I turn to You first with all of my challenges, large and small. In Jesus name. Amen.













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