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
We human have an intense aversion to insecurity--hether it is the insecurity of high debt to income ratio, poor health--we crave security and stability. We want to know what will happen tomorrow, and we want enough money to meet our needs. Why are we like this?
Security brings a sense of completion. We feel confident that everything we need physically and emotionally is intact; we have no need.
The second reason is fear. Fear drives our need for security and this need for security influences us to choose people, things and circumstances that we think will make us secure and stifle our fears.
These feeling are not negative or sinful. It's a question of how we resolve these needs. Sadly, fear based decisions or an innate need of feeling complete are temporary and never lead to sustained security.
In today's reading, God's people are desperately in need of security from the powerful and advancing armies of Assyria. Within themselves they feel incomplete and they are afraid. So what did they do?
They formed an alliance with Egypt, their neighbors to the south. Egypt was bigger, more powerful and would give them a level of security that their enemies would not attack them. Even if they were attacked, Egypt would come to the rescue.
But there was one problem: what about God? What about their Maker? Is God not able to keep and sustain them? Is God not their provider and protector? Did they not find security and consolation in the presence and power of God? Apparently not!
Read all of Isaiah 31 and notice how their decision was flawed and their hopes for security dashed.
How about you? On what do you base your security? How do you deal with your fears and your desire to feel complete? Here's what I believe...
Security comes from God. God is our refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1).
Security comes from knowing that God is good and his plans for your life will never fail.
Security comes to those who trust in the Lord. Those who trust in the Lord are like mount Zion which cannot be moved but abides forever (Psalm 125:1).
Being complete does not come from money, a relationship, or within ourselves. These things are stamped with temporary. Only God through Jesus Christ and his self-giving for our salvation offers ultimate security.
The following video is a song about trusting in God. Our church has been singing this song and it has blessed our congregation. I hope you enjoy it; it is called Forever Reign!