February 5, 2016

Isaiah 28:16-29

“Where Did I Put It?”
At our house, it seems we misplace a couple of things at least once a week. The most regularly misplaced items are our cell phones. When one of us calls out: “Somebody dial my phone,” we understand a cell phone rescue is about to take place. In less than a minute, it is usually found (unless we left it in the car). What was misplaced has been found (again).

The other thing we often misplace are the TV remotes. Their “home” is on the couch in front of our family television in the living room. Everyone knows where they reside. However, sometimes they are relocated to the kitchen, study, or a bedroom. Finding them requires a little more effort than a lost cell phone. First, we search the depths of the couch to make sure it hasn’t moved down or under the cushions. If that is unsuccessful, we look in the kitchen, especially near the refrigerator. If it is still not found, we conduct a search of the first-floor bedrooms. We usually find it within 5-10 minutes.

In the last part of this chapter, Isaiah tells the nation of Israel they have misplaced their faith. They have “made a covenant with death” (28:15). This refers to making a treaty with Egypt in order to bring security to their country. Their faith should be not in man, but in God’s sovereignty. The “Nervous Nellie” diplomats had forgotten where to put their trust.

The preacher of Hebrews said: “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2a).

Remember: No regrets. No retreat. Stay the Course.