Isaiah 30:1 - Insights Into Living for God.

Isaiah 30:1 - Insights Into Living for God.

Isaiah 30:1 (KJV) Woe to the rebellious children, saith the 
LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a 
covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: 

Isaiah 30:1 (NIV) "Woe to the obstinate children," declares the 
LORD, "to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an 
alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; 

Isaiah 30:1 (NLT) "Destruction is certain for my rebellious 
children," says the LORD. "You make plans that are contrary to my will. You 
weave a web of plans that are not from my Spirit, thus piling up your 

Isaiah 30:1 (TLB) Woe to my rebellious children, says the LORD, 
you ask advise from everyone but me, and decide to do what I don't 
want you to do. You yoke yourselves with unbelievers, thus piling up 
your sins. 


God is sovereignty and inevitably and without exception 
accomplishes His will and purpose through free-willed agents acting freely 
but responsibly. Man must be a free agent to be in the image of God, 
and God must be immutable, i.e., unchanging, in order to be God 
(Mal. 3:6). Permitting or overruling the acts of man without 
infringing upon his freedom or interrupting his responsibility (e.g., the 
brothers of Joseph in Gen. 37:26-28; 45:5) is an awesome expression of 
God's providence. [Believer's SB re Pro. 16:9] 

God is Sovereign - He is in complete control of His world and 
will ultimately accomplish His purposes. It is futile for people to 
trust in their own plans, strength, and alliances rather than in God. 
[Disciple SB] 


Are you trusting things that cannot help you while the Lord 
waits for you to come to Him for help (30:15,18)?  Those who wait on 
the Lord for help will experience blessings, such as answered prayer 
(30:18-19), God's guidance (30:20-21), cleansing (30:22), fruitfulness 
(30:23-26), victory (30:27-33; 31:4-9), and a song (30:29). [Chapter by 
Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 


We find it terribly easy to jump ahead of the Lord, to get our 
plans in order and our projects in motion before we ask Him for His 
counsel. But He wants to be the engine, not the caboose. [Life Principles 
SB By Charles Stanley] 

Any action not led by God's Spirit is sin. Any action not based 
on trust in God is sin. [Disciple SB] 

   These days we are bombarded with opportunities that entice us 
to invest our time and energy. Each day the voices of urgency cry 
out for every available moment. So many causes promise that time 
spent on them will reap great rewards; how can we recognize God's 
voice among so many competing voices?  
   A fool makes unwise choices with his time. With every new 
opportunity that comes along, the fool chases off in a different direction, 
not questioning whether that is the best choice. The loudest voice 
gains his attention. At some point the fool discovers to his dismay 
that he has squandered the investment of his time.  
   The days in which you live are evil. Marriages are under 
tremendous pressure, families are disintegrating. Multitudes are dying each 
year without hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Investing your life 
wisely is critical to you and to those around you. Foolishly spending 
your time in sinful or wasteful pursuits can cost you and others 
   Often, it is not evil pursuits that rob your time. Rather, 
the temptation is to sacrifice what is best for what is good. The 
enemy knows that blatantly tempting you with evil will be obvious, so 
he will lure you with distractions, leaving you no time to carry 
out God's will. He will tempt you to so fill your schedule with good 
things that you have no time for God's best. You may inadvertently 
substitute religious activity for God's will, pursuing your own goals for 
God's kingdom instead of waiting for His assignment. Time is a 
precious commodity. Be sure to invest it wisely. [Experiencing God Day by 
Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re Eph. 5:15, 16] 


   The natural inclination in Christian living is to act on the 
impulse of a good idea. Not every good idea is from God. Sometimes good 
ideas get in the way of God ideas.  
   Where does your inspiration come from? The vision of the 
transfigured Christ inspired Peter: "O Lord, it is good for us to be here. If 
you wish, I will put up three shelters - one for you, one for Moses 
and one for Elijah" (Matthew 17:4). Our natural impulse is to do 
something good for God and suggest it to Him.  
   The tendency of the well-meaning person is to prepare a plan 
to do some good idea, and then pray, "Jesus, this is my plan. It is 
a good plan. It hurts no one, and I want it to please You. Lord, 
please bless my plan." It is plan, then pray.  
   So many of our ideas are impetuous. They are not what the 
Lord wants to do. They do not resemble in any way the things which 
concern Him. We have good ideas, but they are not God ideas. His agenda 
and our agenda conflict. We want to build Him a shelter but that is 
not what He wants.... When Peter, James, and John heard the voice of 
the Lord . . . they abandoned their inventive-but-self-made idea. 
The presence of the Lord magnified, and His holiness brought them to 
their senses. Jesus gained their attention, not by subduing them with 
a stern scolding, but by magnifying His presence until all the 
genius of their human ideas was bleached out by His refulgent face. 
   When they abandoned their good idea and fell facedown before 
the Lord, He could work with them again.... 
   When you and I abandon our good idea and fall to our face 
before me Lord, then He will come and touch us, too. When we pursue our 
own plan He cannot use us. We must abandon our good idea and fall 
facedown before Him. Then He will be able to use us again. Then He will 
reveal what He is doing - a God idea.... It is pray, then plan. Through 
prayer, Jesus instructs of His plan, a God idea. 
   Prayer removes the impulse of the good idea, the good idea 
born of human ingenuity but not of God. Pray, then plan. It is the 
habit of the surrendered saint. (Walking with Christ in the Details of 
Life by Patrick M. Morley) [Inspirational SB re Mat.13:12] 

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his 
steps. Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)