The people found hope, strength and identity in chasing an endless array of political alliances. To say that there is no hope, surface level identity or strength in worldly pursuits is not true. They do, however lack that capacity to provide true, deep soul satiating satisfaction that is sustainable. Their endless pursuit of idols and alliances kept them energized. “You were wearied with the length of your way, but you did not say, “It is hopeless”; you found new life for your strength, and so you were not faint.” (Isaiah 57:10 ESV). It is frightening that God would allow man to find satisfaction – even if it is fleeting – apart from Him. This is the Passive Wrath of God. The people’s faith was revealed but what caused them to fear – man. Though they had outward signs of allegiance to God – their hearts were revealed by what they feared, what they wanted and what they looked to to provide them with protection, significance & salvation. God said, “let your idols deliver you.”.
“You journeyed to the king with oil and multiplied your perfumes; you sent your envoys far off, and sent down even to Sheol. You were wearied with the length of your way, but you did not say, “It is hopeless”; you found new life for your strength, and so you were not faint.
Whom did you dread and fear, so that you lied, and did not remember me, did not lay it to heart? Have I not held my peace, even for a long time, and you do not fear me? I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, but they will not profit you. When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you! The wind will carry them all off, a breath will take them away. But he who takes refuge in me shall possess the land and shall inherit my holy mountain.” (Isaiah 57:9–13 ESV)