Saturday, September 16

First…

Scripture: Isaiah 31-32, James 3

Isaiah 31:1 

Those who go down to Egypt for help are as good as dead, 

those who rely on war horses, 

and trust in Egypt’s many chariots 

and in their many, many horsemen. 

But they do not rely on the Holy One of Israel 

and do not seek help from the Lord.

Observation

Judah was being invaded by Assyria, and King Hezekiah decided to seek help from Egypt, a political alliance that had never worked out for Judah. Isaiah, here and in other spots, warns against this and calls on the king to trust the Lord—to rely on (look to) God and seek help from Him. 

That is not to say that we should never seek help from human sources. We are designed to need each other. But the prophet’s point is that we should seek God first. If our first thought is to run to someone else for help and we “do not seek help from the Lord,” then we have missed a great opportunity to grow our faith, see what God can do, and get direction from Him. 

First…pray!

Application

Where or to whom am I prone to turn in trouble? What is my first reflex? Often I rely on myself, on my wits, my scheming and ability. Other times I turn to someone I think can bail me out. When I turn to the Lord first, I always gain a better perspective and a clearer direction. I may still seek help from others (as I said above, that’s not necessarily wrong), but I do it with a clearer sense of the issues involved and what He wants me to do.

Recently, the Lord used a couple friends to correct me, and when I prayed about their input, the Lord added a Scripture.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your care on Him for He cares for you. 

That’s fits here. Where do I turn? To the Lord first. He cares for me.

Prayer: Lord, I love You. Help me in every situation to pray first, to turn to You, look to You, rely on You…first.