Stop trusting in mere humans,
who have but a breath in their nostrils.
Why hold them in esteem?
Observation - What does it say?
God allows Isaiah to see this amazing glimpse into the future. Jerusalem and the temple of the only God will sit on the highest mountain at the center of the world. And in that day, all the nations of the world will stream to the holy city and seek God’s guidance and instruction. And, God will cause war to be a thing of the past as weapons are turned into tools for life and peace.
When the day of the Lord comes, the day God returns to judge the world, everything will be revealed for what it is. Every idol and false God will be proven worthless, everything people put their trust in besides God will be humbled. And, as it is repeated in this chapter, “the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.”
Understanding - What does it mean?
God is the only one worth trusting in, because the day will come when everything and everyone else will be brought low before him.
The Lord Almighty is the only God. He is the only one worth living for, the only one worthy of our worship, the only one worth fearing and the only one who is able to save and destroy.
The Israelites were being warned that when God comes back, nothing they had put their trust in would be able to save them except God alone. When he comes, God will be exalted and he will humble human pride and cause all idols (anything people worship or trust in besides God) to totally disappear. And, if we haven’t put our hope and trust in God, if we have been looking to something or someone else for security, we wont have anywhere to turn on that day.
Why put more stock in the counsel of mere humans when the All-knowing God offers to give us wisdom? Why trust in mere humans to protect us when we can turn to the Almighty God instead? Why trust in myself to get through a tough situation when God is present to give me strength and favor?
Put your trust in God alone!
While God has placed great men and women in my life who help provide wisdom and guidance and who support me, my ultimate trust needs to be in God alone. Before I turn to others for help, I need to pray first. Before venting about stuff to my wife, I need to pray first. Before asking others for advice, I need to pray first.
God, forgive me for turning to others before turning to you. Thank you for placing people in my life to encourage and support me, but please help me not to hold them in higher esteem than you. You are the ultimate source of all wisdom, all strength, all provision, all protection, all healing... all that I need! May I always trust you and turn to you first. Amen.