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Isaiah 30:7 Isaiah 30:1-2 & 7 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; … that walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.

Sit still unless God instructs you to do otherwise. Doing just that was what brought salvation to Hezekiah and the people of Judah. They were in a pickle: the Assyrians had come against them and threatened to destroy them. To save themselves some decided that they would go down to Egypt to seek refuge and help. However, their actions displeased the Lord and so He sent word through the prophet Isaiah saying to them in Isaiah 30:1-2 “woe to the rebellious children…that walk to go down into Egypt and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh”. 

From the scripture there were two problems that God had with their actions. Firstly, they chose to go down to Egypt without seeking his counsel first. How many times have we responded to our situations in a like manner?  God is displeased when we operate like that. 

The second problem that God had with their actions is that they sought to “strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh” when what was needed was for them to lean on God’s strength. It was against that background that God said in Isaiah 30:7 that the help that they sought in Egypt was in vain. Looking for help without involving God will prove to be futile.

Although they did not seek God’s counsel, God revealed to them what the right solution for their situation was. It was to sit still. The scripture said, “their strength is to sit still”. Sitting still had significance for them both literally and spiritually. Literally God was telling them to do nothing by staying where they were in Jerusalem. Spiritually, Jerusalem represented the place of His presence; by telling them to sit still, God was instructing them to stay in His presence so that they could tap into His supernatural strength and defeat their adversary; that was all that they needed to do. Rather than respond to your situation and run off and do whatever you feel, you are better served sitting still by waiting on His strength.

Life Application: Sit still by resting in God’s presence so that you can acquire the strength you need to overcome.

Prayer: Lord, the easiest thing is to do things on our own. But, cause us to sit still in your presence and wait for your guidance and instruction. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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