Isaiah 30:1 – 33
Israel is warned about trusting in Egypt for their safety and strength. Pharoah will one day be disgusted at their inability to profit him. The beasts of the South will come bearing riches and animals, but Israel will not profit. The rebellious people of Israel and Judah, who trust in men rather than God, who refuse His word, will be broken by God and shattered in many pieces.
God goes on the tell them that if they had rested in Him, confident in His ability to save and deliver, that they would have been blessed. Instead, they rode on swift horses to ask for Egypt’s help. Because of this rebellion, God will allow their enemies to defeat them.
But God additionally promises to wait for them and have mercy. He tells them:
Isaiah 30:19–21 (NKJV)
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem;
You shall weep no more.
He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry;
When He hears it, He will answer you.
20 And though the Lord gives you
The bread of adversity and the water of affliction,
Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore,
But your eyes shall see your teachers.
21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“This is the way, walk in it,”
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left.
He instructs them to destroy their idols and throw them away. After that, He will send rain and the increase of their crops. Their animals will prosper and they will have plenty of water from the hills. There will be great light both night and day.
The final section of this chapter focuses on judgment to be brought against Assyria. The voice of God will be so fierce, it will consume Assyria for her aggression against Jerusalem.
In whom do you trust? Who is your strength? If you put ultimate trust in a person, you are to be disappointed. Trust in God alone, for He has the power to raise up and tear down. He will be your source and strength.