But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the Lord Almighty. Isaiah 9:11
When difficulties hit a person, they usually try to run a different direction away from what caused the problems. Rather than learn from the difficulties, they will try to avoid the situation altogether.
Most people do not like to face the reason why they had a problem. They want to ignore it and move on. Or they just want to blame everyone else for the problems that they are facing, rather than take responsibility in the part of it.
When they refuse to take responsibility, they will often return again and again to the situation. They will repeat what brought on the difficulty again, because they did not learn from it.
Isaiah describes the people as refusing to return to God, when they knew it was He who had struck them. They had refused to seek Him out in the situation. This continued to bring on God’s anger with them.
God commonly uses difficult situations to get the attention of His people, when they are refusing to listen or obey Him. He had to use a whale to get Jonah’s attention.
People are quick to walk away from God and refuse to listen or obey Him. When God brings on a difficult situation in their life, instead of returning to Him, they get mad at Him and run the other direction.
In every situation in a believer’s life, he should be seeking God for direction. God should be at the forefront of his mind and thoughts. This is even more true when a believer has messed up and stepped into sin. God is waiting for him to return to Him in repentance to start over again.
God does not wait to destroy, but waits to restore and build up.
There will be days when you make a mistake and fall into sin. Rather than stay there, turn to God for forgiveness. There will also be days when struggles come in mighty waves. In the same way turn to God for help and strength.
Seek to know what God wants you to learn in every difficult situation. Don’t get angry with God and run, but go to Him and learn. God will build you up, rather than just tear you to pieces and destroy you.
Put God first in every area of your life and see what God can do with you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will run to God in every situation; that you will work to live for God; that you will trust God’s choices in your life; and that you willl allow God to build you up in Jesus.