“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord. Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster; he does not take back his words. He will rise up against the house of the wicked, against those who help evildoers. But the Egyptians are men and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the Lord stretches out his hand, he who helps will stumble, he who is helped will fail; both will perish together.” (Isaiah 31:1-3 – History Involves Divine Judgment)
Past history of reliance on God is not sufficient. The wrath of God was expressed against the failure to trust and follow God’s leading in a new situation, even though God had proved sufficient and faithful in the past. In this case, God was using history to call His people to faith. They repeatedly sought security in international alliances. He showed them their covenant alliance with Him was all they needed for true security. God actively follows what happens in His world, and He acts upon that knowledge. God’s grace helps those who need Him. Asa chose wisely at this time, though later he sought out help in military from Aram and in medial matters from physicians but not from the Lord.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, what we learn from these verses, is that we must always come before You seeking guidance in all matters, for You always guide us to do the best thing for us and the outcome of decisions based on your wisdom. Not doing so, invites Your wrath. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Jesus’ last command while on earth was to LOVE?”
“You who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar and say, ‘Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?’ For the Lord God Almighty declares, ‘I will stir up a nation against you, O house of Israel, that will oppress you all the way from Lebo Hamath to the valley of the Arabah.’” (Amos 6:13-14 – History Involves Divine Judgment)
Human conquest is no basis for pride and self-confidence. God stands behind and above all conquests. Trust in self bring God’s conquest of the arrogant. Israel’s illogical sin brought God’s condemnation. He revealed He has the sovereign power to use any nations, no matter how strong or wicked, to carry out His will.
“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will received his praise from God.” (1st Corinthians 4:5 – History Involves Divine Judgment)
God has a time for final judgment, a time begun by Christ’s return. Humans do not have a time to be judges; this God’s role, not ours. Final judgment awaits the Lord’s return. Accurate judgment requires the ability to know and take into account that which has been done in secrecy from human eyes. It requires that motives behind the outward acts be taken into consideration. The positive aspect of final judgment is that praise will be given the worthy just as condemnation will be given the unworthy. The warning is crystal clear that motives for service and ministry will be clear to God and a major fact in His judgment.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—-all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. He who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls on the patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. ” (Revelation 13:5-10–History Involves Divine Judgment)
God allows the evil forces of Satan to exercise control and inflict judgment, but their time of power is limited to forty-two months by God long before they gain power. God controls time and eternity. Satan does not. God’s saints must endure such difficult times with patience and faith, which is helped by God’s providing the Word to give us knowledge, patience and strength.