While reading Isaiah 31, God reminded me who is in charge. Israel was going down to Egypt for protection. They sought the protection of men, horses, and chariots. Verses 3 and 4, make it quite clear that Israel is seeking protection in the wrong things.
“Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.4 For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.”
Then God makes clear who will protect Israel. Verse 5 gives us the answer.
“As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.”
Now let’s apply this to our lives. What do we rely on when we are in crisis? The things of the world or God? God is able to take care of any problem we have. He wants us to acknowledge that He is in control and that we are willing to rest in Him.
Unfortunately, we sometimes believe we can fix our problems on our own. God’s plan, using God’s resources, done God’s way, will have a much better outcome.
So, we have a choice. We can be like Israel and go to Egypt, or we can go to God and be blessed.
Choose God’s way!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001