Isaiah 30 has the prophet rebuking the people of Judah who are making a very poor choice as they “carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin”. This prophecy was given at a time when the Assyrian army was attacking Israel and Judah. The Assyrians would capture the people of Israel in the northern kingdom, and then come against the southern kingdom of Judah. Because of this threat the leaders of Judah looked to Egypt for protection against the Assyrian invasion. God is not pleased with that choice!
The decision the leaders of Judah would make would be to seek protection “without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt”! God is clear the outcome won’t be protection, but rather it will “turn to your shame, and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your humiliation”. In fact, God is clear that “Egypt’s help is worthless and empty”. This isn’t a solution to the problem, but in fact is going to assure failure and defeat.
God tells Isaiah to go and make it clear just how wrong the people of Judah are on this. “And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever. For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the Lord”. It’s sin – choosing to get help from an enemy nation without even asking God. Their memory is short. Their understanding is non-existent. They are going to pay a price for their rebellion.
Isaiah does give the solution to their problem. “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength”. All God wants is for His people to come to Him and trust Him. All He asks from us is the same – to remember and choose to let Him be Savior and Lord of our lives. He doesn’t force it. Our lack of choosing to live that way changes nothing in the realm of reality and truth. God is God whether we treat Him that way today, or centuries ago. He is God. He is in control. And if we choose to ignore and live like He isn’t, there’s a price to pay. Judah did, and so will we. Our nation certainly is moving that way and unfortunately a similar disaster will result from His fury and anger!