There are many instances in the Bible that talk about growing in our walk as Christians. When I think of this I compare it to the aging process of life.. infant, toddler, child, teenager, adult. The bible hints to this as well. Today, I am going to talk about the verses in Isaiah 28:9-29, and some of the growth patterns I have notice in our Christian walk.
To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast? For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there.”
When we first start our walk with the Lord and dig into his word. The Bible can seem more like a rule book. Ex. Love your enemies (Do this) Don’t steal (Do that). To me this is like our infant stage.
Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose”— but they would not listen. So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there— so that as they go they will fall backward; they will be injured and snared and captured.
Many times God tries to tell us that… He is our friend, our father, and while He will also be a judge one day, He is not waiting to see us fall or fail, he is waiting to help and guide us when we need to. When we do not listen to him and get more concerned with religion than a relationship we begin to back-slide and are more susceptible to the devils traps. To me this is like our toddler stage (you know the terrible twos 😉 )
Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem. You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death, with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.”
Sometimes we can become to wrapped up in ourselves that we think that we are doing what God wants but are truly blinding ourselves from the truth. All the while we tell ourselves, we are children of God untouchable by satan’s tricks and lies. And when the enemy attacks us we blame it on God instead of seeing if we are reaping what we sowed or being attacked by the enemy. To me this is our child stage.
So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.
As we lay our foundation for our Christian walk, we need to be sure to have Jesus as our cornerstone. If our foundation falls apart for any reason our circumstance, well it wasn’t Jesus you were using as a cornerstone. To me this is the adolescent stage.
I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place. Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand.
When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through.”The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror.
The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you. The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon— to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.
Throughout our adolescent life we go through many changes, hormonal, physical, mentally. We all have made choices some we have regretted and some we are thankful for. So to if we do not have a sure foundation on our Savior, if we walk away from him, you name it, there are consequences for our actions/choices.
Now stop your mocking, or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the LORD Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed against the whole land.Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.
When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil? When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field? His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.
As adults in our christian walk we begin to plant seeds ( the message of the savior, tying to be more Christ-like). Now, that doesn’t mean we should share the message of Jesus sooner, we should if we choose time is limited; to me it just seems that is when we do.
Also, I think this is talking about how we often say I need to work on this in my life before I can witness. Just like plowing a field over and over with out ever planting seeds what is the point? We are he to share Jesus’ love with the world.
Caraway is not threshed with a sledge, nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin; caraway is beaten out with a rod, and cumin with a stick. Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. The wheels of a threshing cart may be rolled over it, but one does not use horses to grind grain. All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.
I think this is similar to how there are different ways to witness effectively to someone. For instance, me just typing here is not the same as reaching our to the world. Yes, God can and will do whatever he wants, but there is also a need to tell your neighbors, or a need to tell people who don’t have the internet (yes, some people still don’t have internet 😉 ).
Don’t get me wrong I truly don’t want to put God in a box. However, he talks about in the Bible about being a good neighbor, and reaching out to the poor. Also, the Bible talks about different gifts, some people are just not meant to do somethings. There are different members of the body of Christ each with their own responsibility. If you know you are not in the right “body part” then by all means don’t do it just to do it, do what you were ment to do.
I am not sure if I am making much sense at this point but I felt the need to share. Also, I want to note that this may not be your personal situation in regard to stages in our Christian walk, but I look at it as how we grow in life… we all grow at different rates in different ways but we all grow up, not down.