Isaiah 30: 1-2 says, “Woe to those who carry out plans that are not Mine, forming an alliance, but not by My Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; who go down to Egypt without consulting Me; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge.”
Isaiah is writing to believers in this passage. Look at what comes after the “woe to those who…”
- carry out plans that are not the Lord’s
- form alliances but not by the Holy Spirit’s promptings
Alliances are much more important than we realize. An alliance is “a union to promote similar interests (Merriam Webster Dictionary).” A union is a bonding. Paul tells believers not to be yoked (bonded) to unbelievers. Unions create power and that is why they are attractive. Two people bonded together in business or marriage can accomplish more together than separately.
Scripture tells us not to be unequally bonded with unbelievers. This is often taught re marriage. It can apply to business as well as other life experiences. This does not mean that we are to shun unbelievers. It means that believers are not to commit themselves to others whose interests will eventually take them from the Lord rather than toward the Lord.
“Woe to those who form an alliance but not by My Spirit…” Have you made an alliance with a person or situation that is not by God’s Spirit? If so, ask the Lord to help you get out of it and then commit yourself to making alliances that He bids you to.
Father Scott +