Background: The prophet Isaiah wrote this book to the southern tribe of Judah during a time of national emergency. The 12 tribes of Israel had been divided. 10 tribes in the north and 2 in the south (Judah was one of these). Even the tribe of Judah had turned their backs on God and were facing extinction by the cruel Assyrians. In the first 39 chapters are recorded a series of messages that Isaiah preaches over 40 years, to warn the Jews to turn away from their sin and to receive God’s forgiveness and blessing.
While Isaiah is providing prophetic warnings of coming disaster to the foreign nations that are enemies of God’s people, in chapter 22 he now turns his prophetic attention to Jerusalem and to the destruction that is coming her way.
Ask the children…
What were the people of Jersulam doing to defend themselves from their enemies?
“You survey the houses and tear some down for stone to strengthen the walls. 11 Between the city walls, you build a reservoir for water from the old pool.” (Isaiah 22:10, 11)
What were they doing wrong?
“But you never ask for help from the One who did all this. You never considered the One who planned this long ago.” (Isaiah 22:11)
God’s people were feverishly working to protect their city but they forgot to inquire of God who had set all this in motion because of their pride and indifference. His request was for them to repent and turn back to Him. Instead of crying out for their sin, they were trying to solve their problems on their own.
Ask your children when they plan out their day, do they take those plans to God and ask for His guidance? God is the one who knows all our days before there was one of them. Doesn’t it make sense to check in with Him on what we are going to do today? Take some time to lay out your daily plans before the Lord and ask for Him to direct you.
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