Like many of you, I wear glasses. For me, it is because I can’t read anything without them! I don’t have a problem seeing the street signs while I am driving, but boy, if I look at my phone to read a telephone number or message that someone sent me, it is a blur. I don’t care how much I squint my eyes and try to focus on whatever I am trying to read, it won’t do me any good.
What brought this up, I was recently reading something in Isaiah that made me think a little. Take a look:
“Woe to those who run to Egypt for help, trusting their mighty cavalry and chariots instead of looking to the Holy One of Israel and consulting him. In his wisdom, he will send great evil on his people and will not change his mind. He will rise against them for the evil they have done and crush their allies too. For these Egyptians are mere men, not God! Their horses are puny flesh, not mighty spirits! When the Lord clenches his fist against them, they will stumble and fall among those they are trying to help. All will fail together” (Isaiah 31:1-3)
To help you understand what was happening here, Israel was about to face an army that was much stronger than they were. I mean, a larger army, but also, an army that was much better trained, then they were. The “proverbial” David vs Goliath! However, unlike David, their confidence wasn’t in the Lord (who is certainly far more dependable and powerful than any nation in the world), their focus was on how big their enemy was! Holy Moly!
On top of that, because of their sin, their vision had become fuzzy! Those silly people! It was no different from me trying to read something without my glasses! My friends, if you take your focus off of the Word of God and His promises, everything is going to become fuzzy and confusing! You begin trusting what you see with your physical eyes instead of trusting what you have learned about Yahweh’s promises! How foolish!
All you have to do is to keep your “spiritual” glasses on! Well, in all fairness, that’s not all of it. You also need to make sure your script is up to date. Serious! If my prescription is old I don’t care how clean my glasses are, they won’t help me. I have to go to the Optometrist and have my vision tested to obtain a new script for my glasses. I hate admitting it, but I am getting older and my vision is changing. Ah, but Yahweh’s people didn’t need an Optometrist, God sent Isaiah to remind them of how powerful He was!
You people run to Egypt for help, trusting their mighty cavalry and chariots instead of looking to the Holy One of Israel and consulting him. In his wisdom, he will send great evil to his people and will not change his mind. He will rise against them for the evil they have done and crush their allies too. And yet, even with these reminders, they still couldn’t find it in themselves to trust in God (Isaiah 31:1-2)
Okay, so how do we avoid finding ourselves in this kind of mess in our lives?
Well, we wear our spiritual “eyeglasses” and get our script updated EVERY day. Huh? How in the world do we do that? Ah, by reading, memorizing, and studying God’s Word! Think about what the Psalmist told us:
“Praise the Lord! Yes, really praise him! I will praise him as long as I live, yes, even with my dying breath.
That is our starting point!
Don’t look to men for help; their greatest leaders fail; for every man must die. His breathing stops, life ends, and in a moment all he planned for himself is ended. But happy is the man who has the God of Jacob as his helper, whose hope is in the Lord his God — the God who made both earth and heaven, the seas and everything in them. He is the God who keeps every promise, who gives justice to the poor and oppressed and food to the hungry. He frees the prisoners and opens the eyes of the blind; he lifts the burdens from those bent down beneath their loads. For the Lord loves good men. He protects the immigrants and cares for the orphans and widows. But he turns topsy-turvy the plans of the wicked.
The Lord will reign forever. O Jerusalem, your God is King in every generation! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!” Psalm 146
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