The Message – #20
What do we place our hope in? What do we boast in? For the people of Egypt, it was in themselves, but that wasn’t going to work out very well. Read Isaiah chapter 20.
In the year that the commander came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him and he fought against Ashdod and captured it, at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go and loosen the sackcloth from your hips and take your shoes off your feet.” And he did so, going naked and barefoot. And the Lord said, “Even as My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a sign and token against Egypt and Cush, so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, young and old, naked and barefoot with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt. Then they will be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and Egypt their boast. So the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, such is our hope, where we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria; and we, how shall we escape?'”
Isaiah 20:1-6 NASB
They had placed they hope in themselves and as a result, their hope was going to fall short. When we are boasting in or hoping in anything besides God, we will be left disappointed and ashamed. The people of Egypt were used to thinking they were the biggest and best around, but God wanted them to know that He is bigger and better than anything they could possibly imagine.
Are we placing out hope, are total hope, in God and God alone? Or are we trusting in ourselves and our strength or intelligence to get us through? We have nothing and we are nothing without God. If we try to hope in something else, we will find ourselves naked and ashamed as well.