Isaiah 47 verse 10 says:
10 “For you have trusted in your wickedness;
You have said, ‘No one sees me’;
Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you;
And you have said in your heart,
‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.’
These words are a warning of the danger of cutting ourselves off from accountability and answerability to anything outside of us. They’re a warning of what happens when we morally isolate and insulate ourselves, with the mentality “I can make up the rules”, ” I am it, there’s no one else I need to answer to”. In short we place ourselves in the place of God.
What happens ? The verse tells us. We trust in wickedness. Wickedness becomes our plumbline, our standard and we become warped, distorted in our judgement, vision and perspective, beginning to call good bad and bad good, black white and white black. Quickly we create for ourselves and live in a very crippled, unhealthy world.
This is true of an individual, local community or nation. The more we think we can do life alone, the worse things get.
One of the greatest favours we can do for ourselves is avoid this independent spirit and embrace the fact we need God’s help, outside help.