Isaiah 30 – When the Teacher Seems Silent


Have you ever wondered why you can’t hear God directly telling you, “Do this” or “Don’t do that”? I often have. As a teenager learning to make decisions, I often remembered a verse from this often-quoted chapter of Isaiah (Click here to read the whole chapter!), and claimed the promise as my own.

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Isaiah 30:21

This verse is often misused and construed to mean that before you make any decision, if you pray about it, God will always tell you what the right decision is. Now before you stop reading, let me explain. I do believe that many times God tells us, in various ways, what decision is the right one. But sometimes, you have to step out in faith.

Putting this verse in it immediate context helps to explain it a little better.

For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Isaiah 30:19-21

Please note a few things:

  1. God hears you “at the sound of your cry,” and answers immediately.
  2. According to verse 20, sometimes the answer is “Wait, and go through the tough times.”
  3. Your Teacher, God, will walk with you through those tough times
  4. You will know He is with you
  5. God is the Teacher. He teaches you how to make good decisions, but does not make your decisions for you.
  6. After you make a decision (notice the word “when”), you will know that you are going in the right direction
  7. God will never leave you stranded and hopeless

Isaiah 30

Take that step of faith, and may all your decisions be inspired by Christ Alone.It’s true that in life, Teachers are silent during the tests. But if the Teacher is living inside of you (Galatians 2:20), and has given you His mind (Philippians 2:5), what do you need to be afraid of?

Timmy Baze 😀

Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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