What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help, trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers and depending on the strength of human armies instead of looking to the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 31:1 NLT)
Hard times are inevitable. How do we respond?
- Delve into a big dish of ice cream. The more chocolate sauce smothers it, the better.
- Escape via alcohol, prescription drugs, soap operas, or work.
- Withdraw for positive personal reflection.
- Withdraw for not-so-positive pouting.
- Go for a long, brisk walk.
- Get angry, and then harbor that anger.
- Study the latest self-help book.
- Pour out our heart to a friend.
- Pour out our heart to God. Ask Him to show us His way and give us His wisdom and peace.
- Recall God’s promises and find strength in remembering what He’s declared.
- Seek the help of a professional counselor.
My list is by no means complete, but it kickstarts our thoughts about how we respond when life brings the unexpected. Do we depend on a modern-day Egypt for help in solving our problems? Or do we look to the Lord to walk us through and give us victory?
Whatever our situation, it’s vital that we keep our eyes and our minds focused on the Lord. Granted, godly friends and counselors can help to a degree, but ultimately our God is the one who holds the key to wisdom and strength. He’s the one who knows our situation and its eventual outcome, and He knows what He wants to accomplish through it.
What sorrow awaits those who rely on human wisdom and strength alone, who place their trust in an Egypt of sorts. On the other hand, what promise awaits those who ultimately look to God for help: “My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me” (Psalm 62:7 NLT).
Question: What’s your Egypt?