Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD.
Isaiah 31:1 (NIV)
Read: Isaiah 31
Consider: The verse above from Isaiah 31 speaks of the people of Israel who turned to Egypt for help, but didn’t bother to turn to God.
When I read these words I immediately think of life’s crises and what help we seek. These crises can be about a whole variety of things, ranging from financial issues through to major health matters. The question we must ask ourselves is where is our first port of call when we are facing these issues. Is it on merely human resources, or do we seek God’s help?
Please don’t interpret this verse as ever meaning that you should not seek medical intervention for that health scare, or financial advice when needed. Remember that the criticism of the people of Israel was not that they sought Egypt’s help, but that they relied and trusted in it to the exclusion of God. What God was saying to them was that it is foolish to trust in human strength alone, when you have the strength and power of God available to you.
So let’s remember to seek God’s assistance, not as a last resort, but as a natural response of a child to their Father.
Pray: Father, give us a heart that is willing to come to you for assistance and help in our times of need. We thank you for the gifts and knowledge you have given people, but help us not to rely and trust in these to the exclusion of your power and authority. Amen