Isaiah 50:10-11 (Amplified Bible) states: “Who is among you who [reverently] fears the Lord, who obeys the voice of His Servant, yet who walks in darkness and deep trouble and has no shining splendor [in his heart]? Let him rely on, trust in, and be confident in the name of the Lord, and let him lean upon and be supported by his God. Behold, all you [enemies of your own selves] who attempt to kindle your own fires [and work out your own plans of salvation], who surround and gird yourselves with momentary sparks, darts, and firebrands that you set aflame! — walk by the light of your self-made fire and of the sparks that you have kindled [for yourself, if you will]! But this shall you have from My hand: you shall lie down in grief and in torment. [Isa 66:24.]”
Sandra’s Interpretation: Are times confusing and you can’t figure out which way to go? Are they distressing so that your plans for good haven’t worked out? Are you in physical pain and handicapped in what you can do? Has a major life change come upon you that doesn’t seem to be for your benefit?
If so, then keep on trusting in your heavenly Father, who loves you more than you’ll ever know and is with you in every kind of trouble and turmoil. You are not forgotten, neglected or your circumstances unnoticed. The Holy Spirit is still dwelling in you and guiding you, if . . .
You will keep on trusting and obeying what you know to do. Do not give up hope of God’s rescue and redeeming the situation, no matter what!
However, if you set off to do what you think will fix the fix you’re in, then you can’t expect God to rescue you because you’re trying to do it yourself. When you take control of a situation, you lock your heavenly Father out of it! You keep Him from being in charge. And, you’ll wind up regretting what you have done. Believe me, I know from experience!
That’s my interpretation of these verses because, as I said, I’ve learned the hard way.