By Rev David Munobwa
Short as it is, Isaiah 18 is not the simplest of oracles to understand. It is a prophecy against “Cush”, popularly known as Ethiopia. Some Bible interpreters argue that it is not the Ethiopia of Africa, which is South of Egypt, but that which is called Arabia, located on the East of Canaan (because of the rivers).
Regardless of which nation it is, the woe against it is that they threatened God’s people by sending ambassadors (envoys), and encouraging Judah to depend upon them (Cush) instead of God (2Kings 19:9-13). Have you seen/heard of people who think you (God’s people) need their help more than you need God’s? Do not buy into that joke.
God called to the whole world to be alert and see what he would do to that nation. It may appear as if God is silent or not concerned by the troubles of his children for a time, but He promises to frustrate or destroy the enemies of His people at a time they think their strength is at the peak , to the glory of His name.
Friends, be encouraged, though God may seem unconcerned, He sees your troubles, tears and battles. At the right time He comes to our aid. Isaiah18.7: “In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.”
Remember, even in the fierce storms, He sits undisturbed (Mark 4:37-38), He is unshaken by the floods. Just keep waiting upon Him (in prayer), you will see His deliverance. Hallelujah!