Our Strength

Isaiah 30:15 – For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

This was written at a time when Assyria was attacking Israel and Judah. Instead of trusting God, the leaders of Judah turned to Egypt for help. God rebuked them through the word of Isaiah, telling them in verse 3, “Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.”  You can’t blame the people for attempting to find help in one greater than them, but the proper place to go would have been to the Lord. Egypt would be no help to them if God was against them because they rejected Him. But that is how the people were. They rejected the word of the Lord, as God said in verses 10 and 11, That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:”

How that reminds us of the word today. We don’t want to hear the truths of God’s word, we want to hear “smooth” things, things that are pleasing to our ears. We turn to other things when we need help, when troubles come. But our hope should be in God, and God give us two evidences that we are trusting in God. First, we have quietness. We don’t have to yell and argue and complain, we know that God will care for us. We have that quiet peace that only God can bring. In Psalms 46:10, God says “Be still, and know that I am God. Second, we have confidence. We KNOW that God will care for us. That doesn’t mean we never have questions or concerns, but we know God is in control. The most trusting Christians walk around with a quiet confidence that only a close relationship with God can bring. We aren’t looking for an Egypt to protect us, we have God and His word to hold us up.