Only in returning to me
And resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.
–Isaiah, chapter 30, verse 15 (NLT)
Israel faced great difficulty and possible destruction. They had a choice to make: trust in the Lord, Yahweh, or trust in Egypt. They chose Egypt. They carried tribute through the deserts and wearied themselves serving a nation they “trusted” would be an ally. But God told Isaiah that Egypt had no intention of helping or rescuing Israel. Egypt was simply using Israel to get richer. So Israel was wasting its strength and wealth on an unreliable savior. God, through his prophet Isaiah, gave them the answer they needed even though we find out later that they had no desire or will to trust Him and return to Him.
The answer to Israel’s dilemma was spiritual, but because the problem was political, they sought political solutions and alliances rather than spiritual ones. Had they trusted God rather than politics and alliances they could have avoided catastrophe. But they had still not learned that their “strength” and salvation was to be found in fully trusting God.
Lord, today much of the church, your body, here in the United States does likewise. We have trusted in parties, alliances and political solutions to our nation’s problems. So has modern day Israel. May you take the blinders off. Help us to see that only in returning and resting in our relationship of trust with you, will we see righteous results and be “saved” from the enemy of our souls and what he works in our culture. Help us to be quiet and confident in trusting YOU alone!
Father, I place my trust in you–not NATO or England, Egypt, or any other ally. You are my ally.
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.” –Psalm 62:1
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