Isaiah 31

Isaiah 31 continues the rebuke of the people of Judah for trusting Egypt to save them.  “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord”!  Unfortunately our human nature is to first trust what we can see and try to control rather than trust the God of the Universe who we can’t see but who has ultimate and complete control.  If only we’d learn that lesson, we could avoid a lot of turmoil.

Isaiah spells it out clearly.  “The Egyptians are man, and not God, and their horses are flesh, and not spirit”.  That’s the reality of every person or thing we tend to put our faith in – they are not and cannot replace God.  We put our trust somewhere that can’t provide the results.  God alone is our source of security and peace.  He alone is our power and strength.  He is our Rock.  “When the Lord stretches out his hand, the helper will stumble, and he who is helped will fall, and they will all perish together”.  Anything other than Him will disappoint.

The good news is prophesied by Isaiah: “the Lord of hosts will come down to fight on Mount Zion and on its hill….the Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it; he will spare and rescue it”.  Do you see any doubt here?  God will show up.  He will fight.  He will protect.  He will deliver.  He will spare.  He will rescue.  There is no sign of question here.  God will, plain and simple.  No doubt.  No question.  No concern.  We can trust Him because He alone is able.  He alone is God.

But we have to do something….” Turn to him from whom people have deeply revolted….cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which your hands have sinfully made for you”.  We have to put God back where He belongs.  We turn away when we think we have things under control.  We put God on the shelf if we feel like we’ve got things where we want them.  We replace God with idols – things that take His place in our life – and we sin against Him.  If we want God to show up in our life, we have to repent, turn from our idols, and let Him be Savior and Lord of our lives.  It’s that easy, but that hard!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Yea, God will deliver, save and rescue!

    Beautiful piece. I’m greatly exhorted and my faith has been raised a level or two by it already. Thanks for this and God bless you.


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