The destruction of the people of Judah will be devastating but in the midst of the doom and gloom scenario God gives the people hope with some news about how there will be survivors. God encourages them to lean on Him and to put their trust in Him no matter how difficult the situation is or how hopeless the situation looks.
We lean on many things in this life to get us through life and especially when life is not going the way we hoped or dreamed it would go. For some its food, alcohol, amusement, (which means not to think) and various other ways we cope with life. Many of us have not learned to truly trust God or as Isaiah says to lean on Him when life gets difficult. There are several ways we need to lean on God and today we will learn some of those ways.
Isaiah 10:20 In that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on him who struck them, but will lean on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
1) Those Who Lean On God Trust Him
“They will lean on the Lord”
There will be a small group of people who will no longer turn to the ways of the world but will learn to place all of their trust in God. The people in Isaiah day were church goers but they did not look to God to supply their every need but supplemented God with other gods or resources. The ways of the world will always entice us because by them we think we can control our life situations. The things we turn to in life that we think will help us usually begin to control us and this is was exactly what Judah found out when they turned to the Assyrians and then the Assyrians began to control them.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Where you place your trust is what you really believe in because to Lean on means to place your full weight on trusting in them to hold you up. Many of us do not put our full weight on God because there is something in us that keeps us from truly trusting in Him. This is why for many people they say they put their trust in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross for salvation but they still feel they must do something to earn their salvation. The reason so many have a works mentality when it comes to salvation is because they do not believe that we can just trust the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Putting our trust in Jesus Christ means that we fully lean on what He did for us on the cross without pointing to anything we have done for salvation.
There is an old story of a man who tight roped across the Grand Canyon and the crowd cheered him on. He then asked if they thought he could tight rope with a wheel barrow and they cheered him on and he did it. He then asked them if they thought he could fill the wheel barrow with rocks and go across and they cheered him on and he did it. He then asked if they thought he could put a person in the wheel barrow and make it across and they all cheered. He then asked for a volunteer and no one raised their hand. Salvation means getting in the wheel barrow and trusting Christ to get you across the great chasm that you cannot get across yourself.
After the Assyrians let them down they learned to trust God completely. Many times it is when the things in life, People, Money, fame etc., let us down that we learn what it means to really trust God.
When you experience heartbrokenness or disappointment it really shows you what you have been leaning on to get through life instead of leaning on God. The brokenness was really God’s grace that lead them back to Himself and away from the things of the world that they have been putting their trust in.
God is a jealous God who wants us to Himself and not to give our attention to other things. The reason God wants us to worship Him is because it is like a marriage where the spouse does not want their lover going to another. God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14) but it is not jealousy that is selfish but jealousy that is loving and caring and wanting you to Himself.
Exodus 20:4-5 You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,
Do you trust God with your life? It is easy to say but how many truly trust God? Like a Husband and wife who want the relationship with only each other God is a God who desires that we be loyal to Him and not run off to other things. The entire book of Hosea was written that a prophet should marry a woman who was unfaithful to demonstrate how God sees us when we are not faithful to Him. One of the reasons we do not lean on God is because we believe lies about Him or we think He has not come through the way in which we would like Him to. Just like Adam and Eve in the garden who were taught lies about God which led them to disobey Him so we can believe lies and be led astray.
Isaiah 10:20 clearly says we will lean on Him “In Truth”. One of the reasons we do not lean on God is because we believe lies about Him or how He works. In order to lean on God we have to lean on Him in truth and we find that out by what He has revealed to us through His word what we call The Bible. Trusting God when life does not make sense or when things become confusing means we have to know the truth. When you believe wrong things about God it will cause you not to trust Him and that is why we must turn to His word so that we can know the truth about Him because God is truth.
John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Many Christians do not know what the Bible says about God and on top of that we forget that the God who created the Universe has made a way for us to approach Him personally and in confidence. (Hebrews 4:16) Hebrews chapter four is talking about entering His rest meaning that we can know that we are at ease with God because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. You will not lean on God if you think that He is constantly mad at you or that you have to act right to get His approval.
Isaiah 10:21-23 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. 22 For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. Destruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness. 23 For the Lord God of hosts will make a full end, as decreed, in the midst of all the earth.
2) Those Who Lean On God Have Nothing To Fear
To the Mighty God
If you are going to lean on God then you have to trust His ways even when they do not make sense to you. The people will return to the God who is full of strength and one whose plans get accomplished. Isaiah emphasis again is that this is all part of Gods plan. You cannot lean on a God who you think is incapable of saving you. “Proverbs 3:5 says Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.” In Hebrew the word Heart means with all of your being which includes the mental, physical and emotional parts of your life.
The King of Assyria arrogantly thought God was like all the other gods whose nations he destroyed but God was going to show him that He was the true God.
Isaiah 45:5-7 I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, 6 that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. 7 I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.
You will lean on God when you realize He is the mighty God and all the other things that you put your hope and trust in will fail you.
Isaiah 10:24-2724 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with the rod and lift up their staff against you as the Egyptians did. 25 For in a very little while my fury will come to an end, and my anger will be directed to their destruction. 26 And the Lord of hosts will wield against them a whip, as when he struck Midian at the rock of Oreb. And his staff will be over the sea, and he will lift it as he did in Egypt. 27 And in that day his burden will depart from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck; and the yoke will be broken because of the fat.”[a]
God reminds them how the people were oppressed by the Egyptians and what God did in and through the bondage to bring deliverance. Remembering what God has done will help you lean on Him for the future. If God can send plagues on the Egyptians and part the Red Sea and then destroy their enemies then God will see you through what you are going through.
2 Timothy 1:7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
If God did not give us the spirit of fear then where is it from? God will break the yoke from around us which means that one day all the struggles and pain we deal with will be broken from us. God will remove from Judah the Assyrians and He will remove the strain of sin from us
“Because of the Fatness “can mean the Assyrians have bitten off more than they could chew or that there is nothing too big for God to handle. He handled death and sin and He can handle anything we face. As Christians we are promised that one day we will be with God because of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 10: 28-34 He has come to Aiath; he has passed through Migron; at Michmash he stores his baggage; 29 they have crossed over the pass; at Geba they lodge for the night; Ramah trembles; Gibeah of Saul has fled. 30 Cry aloud, O daughter of Gallim! Give attention, O Laishah! O poor Anathoth! 31 Madmenah is in flight; the inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety.32 This very day he will halt at Nob; he will shake his fist at the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem. 33 Behold, the Lord God of hosts will lop the boughs with terrifying power;the great in height will be hewn down, and the lofty will be brought low. 34 He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an axe, and Lebanon will fall by the Majestic One.
The picture is that the Assyrians are a great forest that God will chop down because of its arrogance in front of the Majestic One. God will bring the judgment to those who bring oppression and out of greed and power destroy others. We do not know when Gods judgment will come and so we must always be ready.
Hebrews 10:35-39 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37 For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; 38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
It is easy to throw away our confidence when things do not go our way but soon enough God will return and He will judge the actions of everyone.
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, I will hope in him;[a] yet I will argue my ways to his face.
Job never got an answer for all he walked through this side of Heaven but one thing that did happen as Job leaned on God was He got to know God better. Can you trust God and lean on Him even when it feels as though He is destroying you?
Job 42:1-6 Then Job answered the Lord and said:2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ 5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; 6 therefore I despise myself, and repent[a] in dust and ashes.”
Job was closer to God after all he went through and when you lean on God and not your own understanding you will grow in your relationship with God as well.