Cataclysmic things are happening in our world from the pandemic, to political polarization, to widespread persecution of believers, and to a scale of infant genocide unimagined decades ago. The list could go on. Seems like something is always right around the corner that could cause great fear.
For the follower of Jesus, there is hope and help. The prophet, Isaiah, writes it clearly.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Take a minute to reflect on this passage and reflect on these questions:
What other passages come to mind about fear and the Lord’s comfort and help?
What fears come to mind?
What hope and help do you seek?
How do the truths of this passage and others that come to mind, give a path to casting aside fear?
May you see the goodness of the Lord even in the midst of hardships and trials.
It couldn’t get any worse. Judah had just been defeated by Damascus followed by the Northern Kingdom of Israel. They’ve been raided by the Philistines and Edomites. They were led by Ahaz, one of the worst kings of Judah. “The Lord humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had bought about a lack of restraint in Judah and was very unfaithful to the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 28:19)
Things could not get worse. These were bleak, frightful days. In this context, the Lord sent Isaiah (Isaiah 7). In this context the Lord also spoke to Isaiah about the future (Isa. 8-9).
In the midst of great darkness there is hope! Isaiah wrote, “The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them….For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:2, 6-7)
Our world has grown dark. Evil is all around. Things are bleak. But the Promise is for us today as it was for Judah in Ahaz’s day. Our hope is in the promise of our risen King who is coming again.
Take some time the thank the Lord for His coming, His redeeming you and giving you hope in His coming again as He promised.
I have been spending a number of months now in the Major Prophets (Isaiah,
Jeremiah and Ezekiel). I am only a few chapters from finishing. I have
several major conclusions:
1. God loves His people with an unbelievable, everlasting love.
2. God holds nations accountable to how they treat His people.
3. God’s promises will come to pass.
4. God does things in His way in His time.
Of course there are many, many more lessons we can glean from these rich
books. From them we see God’s heart, hear His perspective, and gain
understanding about some of His actions.
In our time of global angst, the regathering and expanding hatred of
Israel, the upheaval of wars, etc., we can easily lose our perspective and
spiritual bearings. The Major Prophets can be a source of hope and
perspective. I encourage the reading of these books, slowly and over time.