It's God's Time, Not Ours
I want to touch for a moment on the context of this passage, and then spend the remainder of our time this evening on making an application for us.
Sennnacherib, King of Assyria, was planning to attack Israel. Instead of turning to God for help, King Hezekiah, who was King of Israel at the time, sought help from Pharaoh of Egypt. This did not at all please the Lord (30:1, 2).
In (vv.18-21) we see God's promise to help Israel. Though Israel would suffer down through the centuries, God would ultimately spare her as a nation. The prophet Isaiah looks into time future--to a day when God brings a remnant of Israel to dwell in peace during the millennial Kingdom: Isa 35:10, "And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
Here's the point: God has a plan! As God has a plan for Israel, so He has a plan for you and me. What's important for us to know is that there is certain timing to what the Lord does--and I might add; His timing is usually not our timing. Isa 55:8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
We ought to be thankful tonight for God's timing? Though we may not understand it all, we should be glad that He sometimes makes us wait before He accomplishes His will in our lives? There are reasons for the way God works in our lives and for what He does on our behalf.
Here's a brief outline:
I. GOD'S WISDOM
One of God's divine attributes is Omniscience. Omniscience means "all-knowing." God knows everything.
Notice in (vs.18), "...for the LORD is a God of judgment." In this passage it is not talking about God passing judgment, rather it means judgment ...
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