Amid the oracles against the enemies of the children of Israel, God says a few words about Egypt.
Egypt is special among those people, because God also promises to scatter them as a retribution for the atrocities against His chosen people. But he also promises to bring them back again.
The promise of restoration is much like the promise of the restoration of Israel - except that Egypt will not be returned to all her former glory. She will be a weaker nation. She will be a lowly people.
God does this so that the children of Israel will never again be tempted to look to Egypt for help or strength in time of trouble.
Where is our Egypt? To what do we turn when in trouble? This should be a reminder to us that our first thought should be to turn to the Lord. He is our help and our strength, our refuge in time of trouble.
Help us to remember that You are our first line of defense in times of trouble. You are not the last resort. Teach us to come to You first in all things.
In Jesus' most precious name.