Isaiah 31:1 “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 strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD!”
This verse and the remainder of the chapter are a continuation of the warnings in the previous chapter. The leaders of Judah decided to ignore God and go to Pharaoh for protection. The problem was not that they rejected God’s advice but rather that they didn’t even ask God for His opinion. The audacity of Judah to choose Pharaoh and the Egyptian arm over their God is almost unbelievable. They were stubborn children, according to God. To make an allegiance with Egypt of all people as if God had not rescued them once.
Joshua warned all of Israel not to go back to the gods of Egypt. Included in his warning was advice not to try to serve two gods. That was Israel’s problem throughout its history. The psalmist echoed the sentiment in Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
If you want to know how this worked out for Hezekiah, read Isaiah 36. God refuses to be second choice. He must be served as the one and only God or not at all. Some of God and some of idol has never worked and will never work. Isaiah tries to call the king and the people back to obeying and worshiping the one and only God.
Task for Today: Do a quick internal audit. Any chariots or horses in your plans? Are you relying on something other than God? Is God a plan B for you? Do you have a plan B? If you do, why do you? Hedging your bet? No, playing with fire is more like it. Give it all to God, or keep it all to yourself. Can’t operate with two plans as that equals two gods.