What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help, trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers and depending on the strength of human armies instead of looking to the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. – Isaiah 31:1
The prophet spoke to the people of Israel about trusting in any others than the LORD. He went on to prophecy about what would happen to the Assyrians in a future time – destruction! He explained that the LORD is the provider and protector of the Israelis and the city of Jerusalem.
Long after Isaiah passed away, the prophet Jeremiah came on the scene. He warned the Jews not to trust in the power of Egypt when the Babylonians came to enslave them and exile them to Babylon. When Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem and Judea, many Jews fled the area to Egypt. The LORD told Jeremiah that those who escaped and sought the protection of Egypt would lose their lives in the process. Had these people listened to the word of the LORD, they would have gone into exile and survived. Those who did listen went on to live, flourish in Babylon, and had descendants return to Judea to resettle the land and rebuild the temple of the LORD.
We need to remember and learn that trusting in the LORD is the only answer. We cannot afford to rely upon human wisdom, strength, and ability. Why? People fail us and lead us astray. These earthly things may seem like a sure thing and strong response to issues of life, but to trust in them will only and surely bring disappointment and failure. The LORD has told us numerous times in scripture that he is the faithful God, the provider, the protector, and everything that we need. So why then do so many of us struggle to trust in the LORD and believe his word to be true? Is his arm so short that he cannot deliver on his promises? Has his word ever fallen short of its goal? The answers to these questions are actually quite elementary. We don’t really and truly believe that God’s word is what it is – the source of our existence and continued walk in this life.
God is able to do all that he says he can. He has never failed anyone. In fact his name really is I AM! He can! He does! Therefore, we must come to the point that we trust him with our entire lives not just our salvation, but this sounds a bit oxymoronic. Isn’t our salvation our life? Yes, and no. Salvation is our eternal life, but we still have to exist in this world until we are translated into glorious bodies like Jesus did! Our physical existence experiences death, disease, and disappointment but also can have love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, humility, faithfulness, and self-control. These latter only come about through trusting in and serving the LORD through the grace of the Holy Spirit. If we tend to trust in ourselves, we run a risk of becoming proud with all of its trappings. Humility, trust, and obedience to the King of kings is the real solution to life’s issues. Through him we can have life and more abundantly!
Father, LORD Almighty! King and Creator! Thank you for loving in spite of myself. I have failed you more times than can be counted, as we all have because there is none righteous, not one! It is only through the righteousness of Jesus that we can stand before you and be a part of your family and kingdom. We have to trust you and believe you to receive salvation, but life is more than just believing you raised Jesus from the dead and confessing he is LORD! It is about putting our entire trust in you and relying on you to provide all that we need. We struggle with releasing control and sovereignty over our lives to you because we fear the lack of being in charge and making decisions. The sooner we learn to relinquish control to you, the sooner and better our lives become. Only then can we truly begin to experience the full life you have in store for us in this world and the one to come. Help me to be and remain submitted to you and obedient to your Word. May your will alone be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.