God sent many prophets to his people seeking to turn their hearts back to Him. They would listen for a time, particularly when they were in trouble, but always fell away again. In Isaiah 31 God said, “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD.”(31:1) Egypt represented worldly power. We could also say human knowledge and reasoning. God has given us strength, knowledge, great powers of reason, but if we are not guided by first seeking the Lord, it leads to disaster, as it did for ancient Israel. The writer of Proverbs cautioned, “There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”(14:12) The words of the wisdom books and the prophets were written 3000 years ago, but speak with more relevance than much of what is put forward as truth today.