As I was reading through Isaiah this morning and thinking about the date today, September 11th, my thoughts were taken back to a conversation I had with another believer last week about how so many people are seeking for eternal answers from worldly sources. These people are searching for ways to figure out how the world will come to its final end and what disasters may be around the corner for our country and our world. There are those of course who look to the Mayan calendar, those who look to people of the past like Nostradamus and his predictions, and then there are even the few who look to mediums and other sources of the sort in hope that they will find answers to the questions they feel need to be answered in their lives.
Times haven't changed much. Read what was going on in the days of Isaiah and how similarity the people now and then didn't trust in the Lord to take care of their futures:
“Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. He will be as a sanctuary, but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, as a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble; they shall fall and be broken, be snared and taken.
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. And I will wait on the Lord, who hides His face from the house of Jacob; and I will hope in Him. Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells in Mount Zion.
And when they say to you, 'Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,' should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
They will pass through it hard-pressed and hungry; and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and curse their king and their God, and look upward. Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be driven into darkness.” Isaiah 8:12-22
Not much has changed has it? But also God has not changed either and the warnings He gave the people of Israel for playing the harlot with other gods or with false security blankets for their futures are warnings which are still valid for all of us today. Instead of seeking sources outside of God and believing things we hear, which are against His word, we need to seek Him all the more and trust in Him all the more without trying to find answers to things which are beyond our understanding.
The fate of mankind is sealed already. We know from the many prophetic writings in the bible that there will be an end, that those who do not trust in Christ will not have a future with the Lord in eternity, and that we as believers are protected in Him no matter what tribulations may come in the future. That is really all we need to know. Living in the reality of those facts is not easy, but what makes it easier is that as you find yourself growing closer and closer to God through a personal relationship with Him you will find also that leaving the unknown in His hands takes your desire to seek out the unknown less critical.
Conspiracies abound and have since man could conceive in such a thing (that being of course that God may have held back truth from Adam and Eve as the serpent said which resulted in them acting out against God and eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil). Believing in anything that does not allow you to put God and His commands first in your thinking and your actions is the beginning of allowing your mind to search for a conspiracy to trust in over trusting in the faithful hand of God.
I want to leave you with some verses from the New Testament to ponder which relate to how God sees our wondering minds when it comes to seeking out conspiracies over Him. I hope they will encourage you all the more to see conspiracy seeking for what it is – a lack of trust in God.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
“Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4
“For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?” 2 Corinthians 6:14b-16a