Today you should read: Isaiah 31
1) Who do you trust in?
2) What do you put your confidence in?
These two questions plagued my mind as I read Isaiah 31 today. In the midst of all the prophecy and kingdoms and people described in this book, there are moments scattered throughout it that make you pause and think through your own life. That thought reminds me of something my pastor used to say. It went something like this: “Don’t just read the Bible for information; read it for application that will lead to transformation.” Isaiah gives us one of those moments today when he wrote,
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD! (Isaiah 31:1 ESV)
This is an echo of Psalm 20 (which this old-school Steve Green song came from):
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. O LORD, save the king! May he answer us when we call. (Psalm 20:7-9 ESV)
At the core of who you are, what or whom do place your trust in? your leadership skills? Your talent? Your charisma? Your financial stability? Your spouse or kids? As great as all of these things are, none of them can give you eternal peace. The only person you can place your 100% trust in is God Himself. He is reaching out to you, and He offers you something concrete to be confident in: life and hope in Him. His sovereign hand and plan.
Church family, I exhort you today to do what verse 6 says: “Turn to him from whom people have deeply revolted, O children of Israel.” May all of our answers to those 2 questions be Jesus.
Posted by: Todd Thomas