“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”(Isaiah 30:15).TEXT — Isaiah 30:1-17
It is conventional in international relations for embattled nations to enter into alliances with strong powers to fight the enemy. The Second World War from 1939 to 1945 recorded such alliances that made the hostilities a conflict between the Allies and the Axis forces. When these pacts are in force, an attack on a member, or a threat to one, becomes an attack or threat to all.
When Israel, 713 years before the coming of Jesus Christ, struck such a military deal with Egypt in the face of Assyrian aggression, the Lord frowned at the move. He said Israel, as a theocratic state depending upon Him for protection, did not need to seek help from Egypt, a heathen nation. Devising their own means of deliverance without recourse to Him amounted to rebellion and a departure from the law of the Lord. God was sufficient for Israel and they did not need help from anyone for survival or protection.
Genuine Christians who have been redeemed by the Lord have a solemn bond with Him that does not give them room to seek help outside God, regardless of the assaults of the adversary. It is like the contract between a husband and his wife. The woman is bonded to the man in love and submission to his authority until they are parted by death. The man reciprocates by lovingly defending his spouse against any danger to her moral and physical integrity.
This compelling conjugal fidelity subsists in the relationship between the Church of Christ and her Groom. Having espoused us, the Lord desires that we rest in Him for all our supplies, spiritual and material. On no account must we arrange any affinity with ‘Egypt’ on the pretext that we are endangered by lack, fear, or intimidation from the enemy.
Thought for the day
He who has found the Redeemer needs look no further.
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