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Humility and Isaiah 25

April 30, 2012

[9] It will be said on that day,
“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the LORD; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
[10] For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain,
and Moab shall be trampled down in his place,
as straw is trampled down in a dunghill.
[11] And he will spread out his hands in the midst of it
as a swimmer spreads his hands out to swim,
but the LORD will lay low his pompous pride together with the skill of his hands.
[12] And the high fortifications of his walls he will bring down,
lay low, and cast to the ground, to the dust.
(Isaiah 25:9-12 ESV)

Three things:

(1) There are two options for what will happen on the mountain. Either we will be present for the rich feast (v. 6) or the bitter side of God’s hand (v. 10). Moab is representative of all nations and people turned against God. Have you ever seen how easily straw is trampled down? Scary, huh? The fear of a wrathful God is a good and proper emotion for those who do not yet have saving faith. A lack of humility in response to God’s goodness (vv. 7-8) is certainly indicative of a life unturned towards the Lord.

(2) Humility involves waiting. Note the difference between verse 9 and 11. Verse 9 pictures a faithful person waiting on the Lord in gladness. Verse 11  pictures a self-sufficient person trying to rescue himself from his own demise. The Lord “lays low his pompous pride together with the skill of his hands.” No matter how skillful you think you are in rescuing yourself from life’s circumstances, the Lord can easily squash your efforts. There is simply no alternative for simple waiting at the Lord’s feet to see his great and generous provision to his people.

(3) What does your “stuff” say about you? Do you drive a Mercedes simply because you think others will think more highly of you? Not that there is anything inherently evil about driving a Mercedes…but there is great evil in garnering the praise of man. Did you take the new job at work, the next rung on the corporate ladder, all the while ignoring the immense strain it would put on your marriage because it gives you something to brag about on the golf course? Verse 12 says the Lord will bring down the high fortifications of the walls of those who build their own kingdoms. Not only does it say he will bring them down…he will also lay low, cast to the ground, and bring it to the dust. Four descriptors means someone is serious about what they mean. The Lord wants people out for his heart, not the riches of this world. The next time you are buying a new house, car or taking a vacation or considering a promotion at work ask yourself, “How is this decision advancing the Kingdom of God in my life and the life of others?” Maybe it isn’t, perhaps is it inconsequential, and at times you may find that buying a luxury car actually benefits the advance of the gospel. However, Isaiah 25 is very clear that all our “stuff” will meet a similar end…dust. But, those who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind will have a seat at the greatest banquet they could ever ask for (v. 6). Don’t let “stuff” capture your heart…the Lord wants it.

 

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