DON’T PUT YOUR TRUST IN MAN – SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017
“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!”
There are few things that make it irresistible for people to repose their trust and confidence in man. Many powerful men overstate their net-worth and, therefore, appear more attractive than they actually are. Also, they are visible and sometimes, easily accessible. When they lay down conditions, they are physical and easy for men to understand and fulfill. In the end, men would always be men, with their weaknesses. Trusting them invariably ends in disappointment.
In our text, the children of Israel incurred God’s wrath for turning to Egypt for help, instead of seeking God. The Egyptians were powerful, numerous, and with a well-equipped army. On the face of it, they seemed to be an appropriate counter force against the powerful Assyrian enemies that were targeting Israel. But the Egyptians were mere men, and their resources and actual help were grossly limited, when compared to Almighty God. God was willing to defend, deliver and preserve Jerusalem. All He was waiting for was for the Israelites to turn to Him, forsake their idols and repent from their sins.
For then, He would arise, defeat, and drive away their enemies. It is actually foolish to seek protection or even provision from men, who themselves are perennially in need. Why trust a man whose resources are few, whose power can fail, and whose help at best, is temporary? God alone is able to do all things. He can supply all our needs; He can pull us out from the fire of oppression, and deliver us from the opposition of fierce adversaries. And “what shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
Thought for the day: “They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion which cannot be removed.”
Bible Reading in one Year: 1 SAMUEL 12-13