Isaiah 30 is titled "Woe to the Obstinate Nation" in my Bible. And it's a chapter detailing some hard lessons Israel would learn for their turning away from God.
As I've read and studied this chapter, I've realized there are some important lessons we can learn through it.
Isaiah 30:10-11 says,
"They say to the seers,
'See no more visions!'
and to the prophets,
'Give us no more visions of what is right!
Tell us pleasant things
Leave this way,
get off this path,
and stop confronting us
with the Holy One of Israel'."
How often do we say these things?
How often do we refuse to really hear the truth because it's not what we want to hear?
I think we do this more often that we would admit. If not with our words, than with our actions. If it's hard or unpleasant, we want nothing to do with it. We push it away - often at great personal cost, because it's what we really do need to hear.
It is the truth that comes from God that is the only thing that can set us free. Sometimes the truth will be hard to hear or it won't be what we wish it was. But, even then, maybe especially then, we need to listen to the truth being spoken and work through it to see how it needs to change us.
We don't want to get to the point Israel had in this chapter of Isaiah. They were trying to silence those who spoke the truth because they didn't like the message. We don't want to become so opposed to the truth that we try to silence those who are speaking the truth.
Is there some truth God has been trying to tell you that you don't want to hear?
Are you willing to listen - even if it's hard?
When you hear a hard truth, take the time to ask God about it. Ask Him to help you understand it. Talk to another mature believer about it. Don't assume just because it's hard, it must be from God.
But, let's not be people who run from the truth when it is hard.