Isaiah 31:1 “Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!”
I think of Egypt as the world whenever I read verses such as this one. God pronounces judgment on those who will put their trust in the world’s goods; the world’s philosphies and remedies.
Yet, when we are weak, we rely on man’s strength and not God’s.
When we are ill, we run to the medicine cabinet and not the Great Physician.
When our hearts are troubled, we run to man for comfort instead of the Comforter.
When our way is not clear, we seek counsel with anyone and everyone except the One who has the map for our life.
When it became clear that it was only through Jesus Christ that we would have our sins forgiven and enter Heaven when we die, we fully trusted God for His provision. Knowing that, why is it that we forsake Him a the first sign of trouble?
Why is it that we cannot learn from history?
The Israelite nation was delivered from the bondage of Egypt and was on their way to the land promised by God for them. After seeing the plagues upon the Egyptians and being sheltered from all of them, they still doubted. Their faith continually failed when adversity came.
The Egyptian armies came behind them to capture and bring them back into bondage and God opened the Red Sea, delivered them safely across and consumed their enemies when they tried to pursue.
They were tired of the manna God provided and He gave them quail.
They thirsted and and He became the Rock that gave them drink.
He covered them in the desert with a cloud by day and warmed them with fire by night.
All through this journey, they kept returning to the familiar surroundings of Egypt.
Looking back is only good when we remember the blessings to encourage us to trust again that which brought us to this place.
God showed me today that I need to glean two things from this verse:
- Look unto the Holy One of Israel
Colossians 3:2 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Lamentations 3:51 “Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.”
Where we fix our gaze will soon affect how we feel and ultimately where our feet will go. If my first look in the morning is to the Word of God and kneeling before His throne, I will do much better than rushing off, grabbing a bite and heading into my day with no thought of God until trouble comes.
2. Seek the Lord
When my gaze is fixed on Him, my path becomes clearer.
When my faith is placed in God’s way and I am yielded and submitted to follwing His way and not mine. I begin to find more victories to challenges; more successes in the work I do and more peace along the way.
When trouble comes, I seek my Father’s advice, not the psychiatrist.
Seeking God means we trust in God’s provision, God’s path and God’s power.
When Peter was told that he would deny Christ that night, Jesus said that He would pray that his faith fail not.
Could He have stopped Satan from tempting him? Of course He could! But the trial had a significant purpose: that Peter’s trust would not be in the flesh of his arm but in the God of Heaven who created him.
Often, we tell God; “I got this…” as if to say, ‘Go help someone else more in need than me’ or ‘I can handle this on my own’.
Peter could not picture himself denying Christ – not once, let alone three times…
Yet, he did.
We never see ourselves messing up, yet, here we are!
Our decision must be made ahead of time that when that time comes (and it will), we must to turn to the God of Heaven FIRST and ONLY.
Learn from God’s Word.
Fix your gaze upon God and seek Him and His way for today.