Isaiah 17

“For you have forgotten the God of your salvation and have not remembered the Rock of your refuge” (v10). God allowed Israel, just like Damascus (v1), to experience devastation at the hands of the Assyrians, because they had turned to reliance on themselves and their idols. The prophet said that their productive fields, the abundance of their harvests, couldn’t save them (v10-11). Only after it was all taken away would a remnant of Israel return and “look to his Maker” (v7).

God calls us to resist making an idol out of work and self-reliance. Our confidence is not in “the work of our hands” (v8), but in God’s grace and mercy poured out in Jesus.