Isaiah 7:4; 9b
“Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood — because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah … If you do not stand firm in your faith you will not stand at all.'” NIV
God is speaking here. These are instructions that He is giving to Isaiah to pass on to Ahaz, the King of Judah. The people of Jerusalem are very worried because two seemingly powerful groups have partnered with a third in an attempt to overpower them.
But God sends this message and then says, “It will not take place, it will not happen” (v. 7).
Now, how nice would that be? What if, the next time I was worried about something, God sent a messenger straight to me to tell me that what I’m worrying over will not happen? I don’t expect that will be the case, but, it would be a very powerful gift.
I especially like the end of God’s message in verse 9, “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”
There is a lot in that sentence for me to ponder.
That’s what I will think about today.