Isaiah 30:1 Oh, rebellious children, says the Lord, who carry out a plan, but not mine; who make an alliance, but against my will, adding sin to sin; 2 who set out to go down to Egypt without asking for my counsel, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh, and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt… 15 For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength. But you refused 16 and said, “No! We will flee upon horses”— therefore you shall flee! 

Ever heard of being a “non-anxious presence”? That’s when you keep your cool when everyone around you is losing their minds. V.15-16 tells us God invited the Israelites to be non-anxious by trusting in him, but instead they ran to Egypt for help. Not a good idea.

I understand the impulse to act in the face of anxiety. It takes a lot of inner fortitude to remain calm when things appear to be going sideways. Sometimes I find it, sometimes I don’t.

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