Yesterday we read about calling on God rather than looking to people or our own solutions to save us. Today that message is furthered. This chapter begins with a “woe.” Woe is a word that means deep anguish. In the Bible it is used to warn that terrible affliction, disaster, and despair will come to the people that do not heed the warning. Verse 1 reads,
“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!”
Is that you? Are you trusting in the strength of men rather than the Lord? Why turn other places for help? God is wise and His words are powerful. Just a word from Him and it is done. And when He speaks, He doesn’t take His words back. Whether you are one of the helpers or the one being helped His words will bring everyone who is not trusting in Him to death. (Verses 2-3).
Isaiah compares God to a Lion eating His prey. Nothing can shake Him or move Him from it. In verses 4-5 God describes Himself like this,
“For thus the Lord said to me,
“As a lion or a young lion growls over his prey,
and when a band of shepherds is called out against him
he is not terrified by their shouting
or daunted at their noise,
so the Lord of hosts will come down
to fight on Mount Zion and on its hill.
5 Like birds hovering, so the Lord of hosts
will protect Jerusalem;
he will protect and deliver it;
he will spare and rescue it.”
The Lord protects His people fiercely. He exacts justice ferociously. He destroys His enemies because He loves you deeply and nothing and no one can take you away from Him. He will not allow it. Verses 8-9 describe the horror of what God’s enemies will face.
“And the Assyrian shall fall by a sword, not of man;
and a sword, not of man, shall devour him;
and he shall flee from the sword,
and his young men shall be put to forced labor.
9 His rock shall pass away in terror,
and his officers desert the standard in panic,”
declares the Lord, whose fire is in Zion,
and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.”
Trust God. He is more powerful than any help you seek on earth. Don’t you think He is enough? He is. He is all you need. He is sufficient for every need be it provisional, relational, or protective. He loves you so much! His love is perfect. He is Perfect Love. It isn’t our partial skewed version of love. It is flawless, whole, and vast. It is unconditional, deep, and fathomless. He loves you. Don’t you think He will take care of you? You are His precious child. He’s got you.