“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 (NIV)
At the time that Isaiah spoke these words, the nation of Israel was looking to Egypt for human support and military strength. While we may not be engaged in military conflict, we are all facing our own battles in life. It is sad that we humans often put our trust in everyone but God, until our plans fail. Let me tell you a story of how this played out in our lives.
Yesterday my wife and I went to what we thought was a simple meeting. While there, we were told that we needed to make a decision which might have financial repercussions. We knew that we could either take the path of least resistance, or we could trust in the Lord’s path for us. As I thought about what the Lord has done for us in the past, and considered the two path options facing us now, I saw that I was holding on to what I perceived to be safe and not moving out in faith. In the end, Stephanie and I decided to pray for God’s guidance, and follow His will for us. Our situation is not completely resolved yet, but things are looking much better.
Do you feel overwhelmed today by life’s pressures? If so, you’re definitely not alone. But if you are trusting in this world of man, and holding onto what you think is safe, I would encourage you to put your trust in a God who loves you and is faithful in all ways. For you are the apple of His eye, and while man’s strength is limited, God’s is not.
If you haven’t already done so, I suggest that you seek Him today, asking Him for the wisdom you need to get through whatever situation you are facing. Instead of focusing on your circumstances, hold on to what God’s word says.
Finally, take comfort in this little saying: “If you worry, pray. If you’ve prayed, don’t worry.” Everyone has troubles in life, but trusting in God and His wisdom will help guide you safely through them.