What lay ahead would be a devastating ordeal, yet God did not want God’s people to be afraid, for their crucible would soon pass, and those who harmed them would receive just judgment from God.
Our understanding of God is going to determine how we understand who we are, and what is happening in our lives.
God’s people needed reassurance, just as you and I need it today. They needed to know that God is sovereign over even catastrophic consequences the size of an invading army. They needed to know God still loved them, was with them, and was for them. They needed to know God has a plan, and the power to carry it through.
It is the lonely office of every anointed-by-God’s-Holy-Spirit prophet to speak the words God has given that prophet to say. As so often happened in the scriptures, the message from God’s lips was not received with much joy or enthusiasm by the ears of God’s people.
Isaiah must have been gazing with such joy into the glory of that far away day of promise, and then lowered his eyes to the reality of what was going down around him
can still be a note of hope.
Trying to control the future leads to anxiety, and trying to get around God leads to darkness.
Jerusalem. The city that should be the safest sanctuary will instead become the snare. How? All a matter of perspective. #GentleWaterorGreatRiver #SanctuaryorSnare #LightorDarkness
If you and I will trust God, the Lord will be with us through it all, upholding, sustaining, comforting, equipping, and finally, in the end, bring us home to God.
Because King Ahaz and his people had refused to trust God, a day of reckoning was scheduled on their calendar, and its date was In that day.