I stopped my car on the cattle guard and my front wheels turned and fell lodging firmly between the bars. I couldn't lift the car out by myself, so I had to seek help. The tow truck pulled us out, the driver laughed at us and the bill drained my wallet.
Isaiah wrote: He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him. (Isaiah 59:16 NKJV) God saw the helpless state of His people and decided to save them and to cover them with His own righteousness. This was necessary because they were unrighteous and unable to secure their own salvation. There was no help coming from any direction. They couldn't use their silver or gold. God saved them. He brought them back out of the captivity of Babylon and returned them to their land and their beloved city, Jerusalem.
This is a picture of what God has done for us. We are pitiful and helpless in our sin. We have no means of payment that will release us from the eternal consequences of our sin. There is no lasting help from any direction except from God. God so loved the world that He sent His Only Son. He saw no other that could accomplish this work of Salvation so He sent Jesus. When we believe in Him, he covers us with His righteousness and we are saved. Do you need salvation? God has seen your helpless state and has provided His Son to save you. Put your trust in Him today.