“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
And rely on horses,
And trust in chariots because they are many
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!”
There will always be reasons to rely on and trust in “horses, chariots, and horsemen” because they are “many and very strong”. So, if we are living within “reason”, whatever those “chariots and horses” are for us today, it makes perfect sense to trust in them (and in many cases is probably easier as that is what we see most around us doing).
But this would always be the wrong decision, for “woe to those” who do so, who do not look to the Holy One for help, nor seek the Lord.
“Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.” Psalm 105:4
Time with the Lord (in His Word and in prayer) is the only way we are going to make it in these “difficult times” in which we live (2 Tim. 3:1-7). We need help, and too many are looking to “man” and what seems “reasonable”, doing what is right in their own eyes (Prov. 21:2), “truth has stumbled in the street” (Is. 59:14), many “will not endure sound doctrine” (2 Tim. 4:3), and though they profess to be wise, they have become fools (Rom. 1:22).
We MUST rise up and PRAY and KNOW the truth of the Word and walk in obedience to it (not just hear it and delude ourselves, James 1:22), trusting fully in Him and His truth and His ways.
And we must courageously stand for that truth.
So, let us ask ourselves (and allow God to search us and show us): Where do I go for help? In what or whom else am I trusting or relying upon today? Who am I looking to?
And do we realize how many times we make these decisions daily?
“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever,
For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:3