Everyone lives by faith in something. When attacked by the powerful nation of Assyria, Israel turns to Egypt for their deliverance. At this time, Egypt possessed the most advanced war technology in the known world. They had not only a large military, but chariots and horses, which put them at a great advantage against armies that maneuvered solely on foot. This technology is what Israel decides to place their trust in, despite their previous history of being enslaved by Egypt. In the midst of their distress, they turn to the power of other nations and forsake the strength of their God. There were many reasons that Israel had for placing their faith in Egypt, but there were more reasons to place their faith in the Lord. The prophet Israel rebukes the people for their lack of faith in God and reminds them of the God they had forgotten, who had proved on numerous occasions more than capable of delivering Israel from the Assyrian armies.
God fiercely protects His people and assures that they are spared. As a young lion protects its prey, or a bird hovers overs its offspring, the Lord ensures that His people are never taken from Him. This is why we need not compromise our faith in God for anything. Compromise in our faith here or there opens us to the dangers of becoming dependent on others besides God – other imperfect, even corrupt and evil, entities. These entities of the world may be powerful, wealthy, or knowledgeable, but they cannot compare to God’s unmatched omnipotence, resources, and wisdom. And no other being or organization in heaven or on earth can guarantee our eternal Salvation like the Lord. Some have faith in finance or the wealthy and influential, others in human understanding, and many in multiple other things. But the faithful follower depends on nothing and no one else but the Eternal God, Whose Providence and Protection is more than sufficient.