Focus Scripture: Isaiah 31:1-3
Do you know the movie It's a Wonderful Life? While there are certainly lessons in the movie that warrant significant conversation (such as, why are women only happy and pretty if they are married?), there are lessons that still teach (or in pastor-speak, "that will preach"). Two of those moments are when George Bailey is nearly seduced into working for Mr. Potter and when George turns to Mr. Potter for help. In the first instance, George is very nearly convinced to work for Mr. Potter when he comes to his senses and then rails against Potter as "nothing but a scurvy little spider." The second instance, George turns to Potter who, smelling blood in the water, refuses to help George and instead seeks to have him arrested.
The message, turning to the wrong party for help is no help at all. That is the same message in the focus scripture today. Who can we turn to when we are struggling? Should we look to stronger countries? Should we look to those who have military strength? Perhaps those with wealth? As long as the person we seek help from is strong, that is what matters, right?
No. According to Isaiah, you need to look God for help, not mere mortals, even if those mortals seem powerful.