Isaiah 30:15-17. “For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest shall ye be saved: in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not. But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift: therefore shall they that pursue you be swift. One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one: at the rebuke of five shall ye flee; till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.”
God, still offering forgiveness and mercy, tries one more time. He tells Judah that they need not fear their enemies if only they will return to Him, but they refuse.
“We’ll run away on fast horses,” they insist. And God replies, “One man will chase five of you, and five of your enemies will chase all of you until what remains of you will be like a single pine tree on top of a mountain, or a single flag on a hilltop.”
How foolish we are to refuse God’s offer of confidence, quietness, rest, and strength; instead we trust our own abilities to take care of ourselves. As that famous TV shrink would say, “How’s that workin’ for ya?”