Not Firm in Faith, Not Firm at All

Isaiah’s prophetic word was spoken to a king, but it was recorded for us. While his words had specific context for his day, they have great application beyond his era. Though the circumstance may have been specific, his counsel transcends specific situations in a way he could not have imagined. Such is the dynamic of the living word of God.

“If you are not firm in faith,
   you will not be firm at all.”   (Isaiah 7:9b ESV)

A word from the LORD God to a king, Ahaz of Judah, way back when. A word from the Lord for the guy in this chair this morning.

Syria, in league with Ephraim, had come up against Jerusalem to wage war against it. A formidable combined force, it caused the heart of the king and his people to shake “as the trees of the forest shake before the wind” (7:2). Situation desperate!

And the LORD of hosts sends His messenger, Isaiah, to the king and to the people with a message:

“Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands.”   

(Isaiah 7:4a ESV)

Don’t freak out. Stay calm. Resist the natural waves of dread. Because compared to Me, says the LORD, these two fighting armies are but “two smoldering stubs of firewood” (NIV), they’re just a couple of  “burned-out embers” (NLT).

It’s not that these were two bottom tier armies, but that Judah’s God is in a league all of His own. When held up against the fire of the LORD, these formidable armies were just blowing a lot of smoke. No power greater than His power. No rule superseding His rule. No purpose carried out without His permission.

Thus says the Lord GOD:
  “It shall not stand,
      and it shall not come to pass.” (Isaiah 7:7 ESV)

King Ahaz, the LORD has spoken. Not gonna happen!

Believe it.

For if you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all. If you won’t stand on the word of the LORD, then there’s no solid ground left to stand on.

The King needed that word in his day. This guy needs the same word today.

Different situations of course. Not staring down enemy forces, but in a battle nevertheless. No view of impending physical harm, but still a heart prone to shake like a tree in the wind before uncertain situations. Not having to deal with siege works being built around me, but having to deal with fear factors wanting to box me in.

But the God of Isaiah’s day is the same God of my day. He is still the Protector of His people and the Keeper of His promises. He continues to speak through His revealed word. He continues to act according to His divine purposes. The question for me is, “Will I trust Him?”

Yes, Lord! Because I know that if I am not firm in faith, I will not be firm at all.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
  and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
  and He will make straight your paths.

(Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)

Yes He will. This I believe.

By His grace. For His glory.

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