It is ‘FOOLISHNESS’ not to TRUST in GOD ALONE: "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 who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!" (Isaiah 31:1)
In the above verse, prophet Isaiah turns his attention to those who would advocate a pro-Egyptian alliance for the protection of Judah, and announced condemnation upon them. Egypt was the greatest and most powerful empire during the days of Isaiah, and their greatest asset was their horses, chariots and horsemen. Their horses were swift, their chariots were many and their horsemen were strong. Together, they formed a formidable array of refuge and arsenal against the enemy!
However, when God looked at His own people (the Israelites); God saw that instead of trusting in His might and strength, they were going down to Egypt for help. Their sin was trusting in Egypt’s military might while refusing to seek help from God. Then, God responded by announcing He would oppose the wicked, and the Egyptians and the Judeans would experience military defeat at God’s hands.
In fact, Judah thought they could be delivered by the Egyptian horses, chariots and horsemen. God is against those who go to Egypt for help, who trust in horses, chariots and in horsemen for victory. Egypt will stumble, and Judah will fall for seeking help from ‘flesh and blood’. Egyptians are men and their horses are flesh, in contrast to God who is a Spirit. In other words, disaster awaits those who put their confidence in human and material strength, rather than in the Lord!
For their part, the Egyptians were only too eager to supply their neighbors to the north with military horses and chariots. But through Isaiah God warned His people about accepting such aid as the horses of Egypt can never take the place of the chariots of God. From God’s perspective, appealing to Egypt for military protection and help was a clear sign that His people were unwilling to trust Him.
Today, let us take a solemn pledge never to put our trust in humans, things or institutions but only put our trust in our Almighty God. Let us look to God alone for help during times of trouble, as the Psalmist did: "I will lift up my eyes to the hills--from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth" (Psalms 121:1-2). Let us put our trust and confidence in God alone during every moment of our earthly existence!