God expressly teaches us to not worry and to cast all anxiety upon him. When we trust in human wisdom and strength, the encouragement we need is to repent from our worry and to trust in God. We will be blessed by God if we rely on him, trust in him, and wait for him!
1 “Woe to the obstinate children,”
declares the Lord,
“to those who carry out plans that are not mine,
forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit,
heaping sin upon sin;
2 who go down to Egypt
without consulting me;
who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection,
to Egypt’s shade for refuge.
3 But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame,
Egypt’s shade will bring you disgrace.
4 Though they have officials in Zoan
and their envoys have arrived in Hanes,
5 everyone will be put to shame
because of a people useless to them,
who bring neither help nor advantage,
but only shame and disgrace.”
15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.
18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 30:1-5, 15, 18
We have seen it before and here it is again: the people of God face earthly foes and they go for help to allies based on human strength. They do not trust in God, but rather in their neighbours for help.
It is thought that this is about King Hezekiah asking Egypt for support instead of waiting on God. How about you? Are you waiting on the intervention and victory of God, or are you relying on human strength for help?
Let’s be clear, asking your friends and family to help you isn’t what this is about. Egypt was not a nation which followed the Lord. That’s the rub. What does it say about our Lord God if we go to a people who worship idols and objects for protection? Why can’t your God help you? Where is this mighty God of whom you speak?
This would be akin in our lives to us going to our friends or neighbours who do not know Jesus and sharing with them that we are consumed with worry about something in our lives. God expressly teaches us to not worry and to cast all anxiety upon him. They will seek to comfort or console or help, yet they cannot give us what we need in that moment. Here’s why:
If we are not trusting in God for his help, the encouragement we need is to repent from our worry and to trust in God. We need to be pushed back into the fold and under the wings of the Almighty.
We need our friends to tell us that we will be blessed by God if we rely on him, trust in him, and wait for him.
I need to repent into trust in a few areas of my life. How about you? Stop seeking human strength to solve issues which God controls.