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An umpire called Babe Ruth out on strikes. Ruth protested, “There 40,000 people here, Ump, and all of them know that last pitch was a ball.” The umpire replied, “Maybe so, but my opinion is the only one that counts.” That same principle is also true in our relationship with God. Ancient Israel found that out many times. We read in Isaiah that God warned the people through the prophet not to look to their southern neighbors for protection. He said Egypt would be an unreliable ally. They ignored God and turned to Egypt for security. As a result, they experienced adversity for food and affliction for drink. God permitted these difficulties to draw them back to Himself. Yet despite their stubbornness, God was merciful. Here are the prophets’ words (Isaiah 30): “The LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” So today, if you find yourself having taken a wrong road, and are now feel lost and confused, God extends His mercy to you. He invites you to come, confess your need. He welcomes all who come to him, because Jesus has already paid our sin debt.

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