December 11, 2012 § 1 Comment
Below is a post that I wrote for our missionary website: garzafamily.us
For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:“Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy,Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow;Let Him be your fear,And let Him be your dread.” Isaiah 8:11-13
I’ve seen a troubling trend among many Christians, and God addressed this for me as I read Isaiah 7-8. You see, in Isaiah 7, God warns the people that three different groups had been plotting to attack them: Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah (Isa. 7:5). He continues on to reassure the people of their victory and that he already knows the fate of these groups. What caught me in chapter 8 is that apparently the people of God had fallen into a habit of thinking based on political defense. They would worry about all the possibilities and speculations of war and tragedy. They wondered what their fate was, and what would happen if their war was lost.
This is what I see God’s people doing in today’s society. Many Christians get together and instead of focusing on what is noble and good (Phil. 4:8), they fall into the trap of discussing political affairs and worry of what will happen if “their guy” wins or not.
“What will happen to gas prices?”
“Well, there goes the stock market, and my retirement…”
“What about the middle-class families?”
“Do the unborn have any hope?”
“Is this the end of Israel?”
“Will the Fiscal Cliff be our ruin?”
I know that the intentions of these brothers and sisters are good, but unfortunately, these political conversations often turn into worry-fests. Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Mat. 25:26-27)
So what did God have to say to His people in Isaiah 8? He warned them not to worry about the conspiracies or threats. The root of worry is fear. God says that if you want to fear, fear the Lord and His Holiness. When He says this, he is establishing His supremacy, not that he wants you to avoid Him in fear. He’s saying that you can fear these earthly things, or you can be aware of the greatness of our God. When you focus on God’s greatness, supremacy, and holiness, and know that God is for YOU and NOT against you, all these earthly worries fade away. Colossians 3: 2-3 says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” If you believe on Jesus for your salvation, His desire is that you find peace in your earthly life through Him.
Be ever cognizant of God’s greatness, holiness, and his goodwill towards you by His Son, Jesus. As you focus and meditate on God’s goodness towards you, your fear, worry, and thoughts of conspiracy will grow strangely dim.
God loves you, and His Grace is sufficient for you!