The Inverse Proves Truth

"For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift. One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on a hill." (Isaiah 30:15-17) Where we end and where God begins

How long did it take God to get you where you are now? Have you been present for everything He's been showing you up till now? Jesus says "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." (Matthew 5:14) Beginning with the first part of the chapter, God shows how the Children of Israel's trust in the strength of Egypt would end in being their downfall. There's always something God has to break off, for lack of a better term, that would keep us from entering more fully into both that which He'd have for us in this season and also a fuller enveloping of His presence. How counterintuitive is it for Him to say "in returning and rest" and "quietness". These things run counter to the established order of push and drive and achieve.

"The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel." (Psalm 103:7, emphasis mine)

There are always greater depths to which God would bring you. Don't doubt. Look at how Jesus describes the...exclusivity of the disciples in understanding what He's talking about when he speaks to "[the crowd] in parables: because seeing they see not;" (Matthew 13:13). The disciples got it straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak. Solomon found one person. God, it says in the verse above showed Moses something greater than just "His acts". It's one thing to witness to the grandeur of God in everyday life. It's something people do all the time without thinking. But for Him to entrust "His ways" to you, to where you see the machinery behind what's actually going on is a special gift beyond compare.

"Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account: Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found..." (Ecclesiastes 7:26)

Proving the inverse true

Hempel's Raven Paradox is simply summed up in this: A raven is black and therefore everything else is a "non-black, non-raven". With those two qualifiers in place, all clues will prove the inverse. Namely that ravens are black. How does this apply? In developing the lightbulb, Edison said "I have not failed, I've just found ten-thousand ways that won't work." God is using all our mistakes to herd us to the top of the hill. Jesus says it's there that you will stand out. Nothing to worry about, just that God created you to shine and by God, you're gonna shine. He will have His pound of flesh. In the tippy-top passage, those who fled "upon horses" reaped what they sowed and pretty quick. Everything they did ended in weeding out those who weren't worthy and also driving you to the top of the mountain--just so you could be closer to Him. The next verse begins: "And therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you..."

"A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee." (Psalm 91:7)

The character of God must shine through for us to move on in our journey. If you are curious as to why things seem bleak and dark and miserable, ask God, not to clear it up, but to show you His face in the midst (and the mist). It'll take as many mistakes as it'll take for us to see God as He truly is. And He's always been that way.

"Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the Lord hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest." (Jeremiah 45:2)

Return, rest, quiet. Confidence. The Father beckons you to Him. Imagine you're walking through an ornate and elaborate yet empty mansion. It's only you and He within and He's calling you, you can feel it. Keep walking, keep searching, keep opening doors. It's more important to God that you learn His ways than simply see His acts. His ways are never separate from His love.

"Blessed is the man (and woman) whose strength is in Thee; in whose heart are the ways of them." (Psalm 84:5)