How is God hurting you? Isaiah 19:1-25 shows us that when God wants to heal people in a nation, He must strike them first. In this sense, the road to blessing can be a hard road. It often begins with direct strikings of the judgment of God and the fear that results. These are often the things the Lord uses to secure our salvation and our sanctification.
Isaiah 19:1-24, illustrates how God strikes the people of a nation in order to heal them. God stretches out His hand in judgment, in order to soften hard idolatrous hearts. Specifically, we learn that God strikes Egypt in order to bring her to repentance. God uses Egypt to tell the story of salvation.