“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help”.
Israel often turned to Egypt as their saviour rather than the Lord. I find the most memorable description of Egypt as a “splintered reed of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it”.
As I reflected recently on what it means to have a biblical worldview with some of the men from KIC, I was reminded again that my western materialistic education and environment often leads me to rely on my own resources. Resources that, like Egypt, cannot be safely leant upon in this fleeting life.
I am reminded again that king Jesus will “reign in righteousness” – and that since I believe this, I should also be conscious of living my life with that end in mind.
Indeed, Paul has a great reminder for all of us in the fabulously wealthy Western World:
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
1 Tim 6:17-19
I pray that together we might be rich in good works and not hesitant in sharing the good plans that the Lord has for our welfare under his rule. Not only physical welfare but welfare for true life in His presence – he being the only one we can safely lean upon.