Don’t Rely on Horses

I came across this underlined passage in my Bible this week that served as a needed reminder about where I should be putting my trust:


“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!” - Isaiah 31:1


I realize this passage is a little out of context in the twenty-first century. Not many of us are seeking help from Egypt these days, or putting our faith in the fighting power of horses and chariots.


But we so often do put our faith in the wrong thing. We rely on ourselves, or our education, or our reputation to see us through. Or we depend on our credit card, or our insurance policy, or our government to help us.


We look to human effort and wisdom, “but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!


I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty long list of things I’m worried about right now. And it is my natural inclination to dwell on those things and try to come up with plans and back up plans for how I’m going to take care of each thing.


I tend to put my hope in myself or in my husband and in our own ability to take care of these worries. I develop these plans for how we’ll come up with the money for this, or the time for that, or how we’ll take care of such and such.


Without realizing it, I’m going down to Egypt for help, and I’m relying on horses and chariots because they are many and putting my trust in horsemen because they are strong.


Woe to me. Woe to all those who look to anyone or anything for help except the Holy One, the Lord our God!


How silly of me to think I can trust in “horses and chariots” because they are many or because they are strong. I grew up on a ranch, I do know that horses are strong and beautiful creatures. But honestly, what can ever compare to the awesome strength and power of the Lord my God?!


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

Philippians 4:5-7