Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.
But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: you will lie down in torment. Isaiah 50:10-11 (NIV)
There are two very distinct groups of people in the world – those who want to walk in God’s light and those who are content to walk in their own light (human wisdom).
Notice from the verses from Isaiah 50 that the initial statement is made to everyone – those who walk in the dark. This is like God’s offer of salvation – it is available to all. When God offers salvation, there will be those who accept and are willing to ‘trust’ in him? Additionally, there will be those who reject the offer and are willing to walk in the light of their own torches (human wisdom).
We see this negative response all the time in society. Partly because many people refuse to believe that they could possibly be in darkness and also because they find it easier to accept human wisdom, rather than the wisdom of God.
The words from Isaiah 50 foreshadow the coming of Jesus many hundreds of years after they were written. Jesus said:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NIV)
When praying for others, pray that God’s Spirit will show them that they are walking in darkness and that the solution is not human wisdom, but to accept that Jesus is the light of the world.
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