THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2020
FOLLY OF TRUSTING IN MAN
TEXT: ISAIAH 36:1-10
KEY VERSE: “Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him” (ISAIAH 36:6).
The foolishness of trusting in man becomes real and pronounced these days as many more people are experiencing disappointments, betrayals, trials and challenges of life. The Lord says, woe to them that go down to Egypt for help and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are very strong, but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord.
Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, taunted Judah and Hezekiah for trusting in Egypt. Rabshakeh, the ambassador of the proud monarch, came with a message of threat to further intimidate Hezekiah and to humiliate Judah for their trust in Egypt. The ambassador of the Assyrian king asked: “what confidence is this wherein thou trustest?” It was a statement of mockery against Hezekiah and the people of Judah for the step taken to ask help from Egypt.
None should think that his situation is so bad that there is no hope. Believers must pray in faith and expect a miraculous divine intervention in every challenging situation of life instead of putting their trust in man. Trials, threats, hatred and persecution from seemingly higher powers will fade away when God is trusted and allowed to take charge of the situation.
Christians should not organise their lives around human promise, advice or support. They should rather reflect on God’s unchanging promises. He is more than sufficient to redeem and to save to the uttermost. Hezekiah’s eventual deliverance proved that he did not actually depend on Egypt as alleged, but on the God of Israel Who gives victory.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: They that trust in God will never be ashamed.
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