Man’s help is futile!
Scripture reading for July 20th: Isaiah 17-20
“Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be afraid and put to shame. In that day the people who live on this coast will say, ‘See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?” (Isaiah 20:5-6)
The fear of man is a snare that many men and women fall into. (Proverbs 29:25) People look to a man or a nation for help or protection. They rely on military power, political influence, money, or knowledge to provide them a measure of safety and security. They believe that ‘might makes right’ and that the ‘fittest will survive’. In the natural, this appears to be the smart way to live and get along in this world.
We in the United States of America boast of the most powerful and feared military in the world. We have vast resources and technology that enable us to protect ourselves and to free oppressed peoples in other parts of the world. We have sought to use our power and resources to protect freedom and fight against oppression and wickedness. But in spite of our great resources and technology God alone is our only source of safety!
Isaiah spoke an oracle against Egypt. Egypt was a powerful nation during this period of time. They were a nation of idolaters who consulted sorcerers and mediums instead of God. Isaiah warned them that they would find these leaders very unreliable and unstable and His judgment would expose them as false! (Isaiah 19:1-4) God would cause drought and famine to reduce the people to despair. He would expose their politicians and officials as senseless and fools! (Isaiah 19:11-14) God would pour on them a spirit of dizziness causing them to stagger in their own vomit! Trusting in men is futile!
God’s mercy was extended to Egypt. If they would turn to the Lord, He would have mercy on them! (Isaiah 19:19-22) He would raise up a deliverer for them and make Himself known to them and He would heal them! God declared a blessing over Egypt and Assyria: “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.” (Isaiah 19:25)
God’s amazing mercy and love for all nations cause us to worship Him! He alone is our source of protection and our way of escape!