Posted by: missionventureministries | February 2, 2015

WHOEVER BELIEVES WILL NOT ACT HASTILY – Isaiah 28:16

Isaiah 28

“Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily.” (Isaiah 28:16)

Behold I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation. God is the one who lays a stone and we are asked to behold God’s foundation and build our life upon it.

It is so easy to rush ahead of God instead of waiting for His leading. With good intentions and admirable zeal, Christians plan many things and become involved in a thousand-and-one good activities, all in the name of Christ and for His kingdom. Many feel and urgency, because they believe, that time is short and they feel they must hurry. The problem is that they forget to first consult with the Lord and then wait for His answer and directions.

What is this foundation? 1 Peter 2:6 applies this passage directly to the Messiah, Jesus Christ. He is the foundation for our lives and only with a secure, stable foundation can anything lasting be built. Anything “added on”, not built upon the foundation, is sure to end up in ruins.

The chief cornerstone carries the weight of the structure. If laid properly, the weight of the building is evenly distributed and the structure remained sound. A solid, level foundation is a must, because without that strong base, the wall will eventually fall.

Jesus taught us this principle in the parable about the house built on the rock (Jesus) versus the one built without a foundation on the sand and great was its fall. (Matthew 7:24-27)

In this great Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament, God promised a Savior who would be the sure foundation of the eternal temple of God; yet it was 700 years before the promise was fulfilled. God did not “act hastily,” but His promise, nevertheless, was fulfilled. No doubt many believing Jews wondered why it was taking so long, “but when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son…” (Galatians 4:4).

Our Messiah was a tried stone. Jesus was tried, was tested, and was proven to be the glorious, obedient Son of God in all things.

Jesus a precious cornerstone. Our Messiah is precious and our cornerstone. The cornerstone provides the lines and the pattern for all the rest of the construction. The cornerstone is straight and true, and everything in the entire building lines up in reference to the cornerstone.

Our Messiah a sure foundation. Jesus is our sure foundation and we can build everything on Him without fear.

If we trust, obey and believe we will not act hastily and God will be exalted: “The Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him” (Isaiah 30:18). And once we get the complete assurance of His leadership we must not fail to follow Him, because He will lead us through the Holy Spirit and His Word. 

We need to be absolutely sure that we are following the Lord’s leading, because all too often decisions made in haste results in confusion and regret.  

Next time we are tempted to act before we have heard or considered all the facts and circumstances, let us remember God’s profound admonishment and encouragement found in His Word.

“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14).  

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)

 

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