God > Self-Sufficiency
I can do it myself! Ever watch a preschooler insist that I can do it myself as she puts her shoes on the wrong feet or her shirt on backwards? Ahhhh. She can do it herself all right. Her feet will hurt and she’ll look ridiculous, but she did it herself.
We’re older now. Most days we can easily dress ourselves right down to what foot goes in what shoe. Yet we recognize the battle within between God and our sinful nature. Will we fear Him and do what He says? Or will we dig in our self-sufficient, self-reliant heels and say, “I can do it myself?”
Israel chose to “do it herself” by placing her trust in other countries instead of God. God questions them. Why do this? Was my arm too short to deliver you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you? (Isaiah 50:2). Of course not! He is able! He is God! He is our Deliverer, Rescuer, Strength, and our Help. He is the greatest!
Yet when we’re caught between a rock and a hard place, between the Red Sea and an Egyptian army, who do we trust? Do we trust God or do we follow the way that appears to be right? (Proverbs 16:25)
Sometimes life is dark. God’s children are not immune to the darkness of despair, depression, and doubt. When it’s so dark that we can’t see the hand in front of our face or the feet in our shoes, we have a choice to make. We can walk in the darkness and trust God or we can kindle our own torches and walk in the light of self-sufficiency.
Here’s the choice made plain in Isaiah 50:10-11:
- Trust God. Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their God (v. 10).
OR . . .
- Trust self. But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment (v. 11).
Self-reliance and following our own wisdom goes beyond pinched toes and looking ridiculous. It leads to death. God becomes greater and we become less when we fear Him and obey His voice.
HE>i: Where are you placing your trust today?