Isaiah 14: God’s Plan
As we have been going through Isaiah, we have been talking about all of the problems that Israel is going to face because of their disobedience. They had to deal with Assyria, and then they had to deal with Babylon. It might seem like everything was going wrong, but as we enter chapter 14, we are given confirmation that it is not as if Israel has been forgotten.
Isa 14:1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
Isa 14:2 And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
I think we sometimes are quick to give up on the plan that God has for us. If we don’t see the immediate dividends, we throw it out. We figure that obviously God has forgotten about us because we don’t see the payoff. We are kind of like the people of Israel when they were in the desert. They saw miracles, but they almost immediately seemed to forget about them and started complaining again. They thought that God had abandoned them and even wanted to go back to Egypt and slavery.
However, it is important to remember that God does not abandon us, and His plan is not always what we think it ought to be. For some reason, we think that the plans that we have in our finite and often incorrect minds are better than the plans created by a perfectly good, omniscient God.
I don’t know why we rebel, but we do. Remember this passage from Isaiah. Even with all of the stuff that has been prophesied already, God had a plan for Israel, and He does have a plan for every individual person on earth.