Today’s text opens with these words:
1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
and rely on horses,
who trust in chariots because they are many
and in horsemen because they are very strong,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel
or consult the Lord!
2 And yet he is wise and brings disaster;
he does not call back his words,
but will arise against the house of the evildoers
and against the helpers of those who work iniquity.
3 The Egyptians are man, and not God,
and their horses are flesh, and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out his hand,
the helper will stumble, and he who is helped will fall,
and they will all perish together.
At this point in history, Israel is so desperate for help that they begin to look to Egypt for help. How far does a country have to sink in order to enlist the help of their most hated enemies? But God rebukes Israel for this endeavor. He reminds them of exactly what the horses and chariots of Egypt will provide for them, destruction.
They needed saving, but not from man. They needed deliverance, but not from things of the flesh. They needed spiritual renewal. They needed the Gospel. They needed to acknowledge that God is the only One who can provide the salvation that they are looking for.
I said that they were desperate, but they really were not desperate enough. If they were, they would have turned to God as their only option. When you are sick, you don’t go for the medicine that might work, you go with what you know can cure your symptoms. The same is true in everyday life. If we truly live in desperate need of deliverance, we will not seek help from someone who may or may not have what we need. We will seek the Lord, for His salvation is true and His strength is unmatched.
Horses can’t save your soul, and neither can self-help books, food, drugs, money, romance or success. God alone can save. Let us put our trust in Him.