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Waves on the Rocks

WOE TO THOSE

Ptr. Erwin Concepcion

October 10, 2019

 

Isaiah 31:1 (KJV)

 

"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."

 

Reflection:

God warned Judah that turning to Egypt and other nations for military help could not save them. Only God could do that. But Judah refused to wait upon the Lord in quietness and trust.

Egypt symbolizes the world and its human power. The people trusted in human help rather than God’s and sought protection from those who were powerless compared to God. They decided to serve their own interests instead of God’s and thus they didn’t even consult Him. Instead of repenting of their sinful ways, they continued to ignore God and seek counsel amongst pagan nations.

Salvation comes from God through Jesus Christ alone (Acts 16:31 / Rom.10:9). It is good to seek help from others, but we must never bypass God or his instructions to us. If God has given us directions and we are not in agreement with them, don’t go looking elsewhere hopeful for different advice. Obey even its hard.

Whether God’s instructions sit well with us or not, He knows the beginning and the end of a matter and because of His great love towards us, God will always give us directions that are clearly for our good.

Prayer:

‘Heavenly Father, forgive me for putting my trust in anything or anyone else other than You. Help me to lean closer upon You, especially in the difficult seasons of my life. Thank You that You are always there to guide me.’ In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.

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