In Whom Is Our Trust?
"Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord"1
Some years back, Professor John Passmore in speaking about Australia's capital city, Canberra, said it was one of the most highly planned and well laid out and ordered cities in the world. (It was designed by American Walter Burleigh Griffin.) It was an attempt to build "an ideal urban environment for the future."
However, in spite of all the best-laid plans of men, Canberra has had [at least in the past] one of the highest suicide rates in the country, the highest unemployment rate, and the highest rate of marriage breakdown.
In our contemporary Western society we have sharpened the mind, strived for technological and scientific excellence, built the greatest means of transport and communication systems in the history of the world. But like ancient Egypt, we have put our trust in our own strength and that of the things we have developed, and have ignored the spirit and not relied on God.
Unless we turn back to God as a nation, we will inevitably go the same way as ancient Egypt and other civilizations who forgot God went.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help us as a nation to remember that 'eternal vigilance is still the price of freedom' and 'blessed is that nation whose God is the Lord.' Please help me to so live. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Isaiah 31:1 (NIV).