Hezekiah, king of Judah, knew in moments like these (Judah’s invasion by Assyria) God’s people were often given to fear; he knew where that fear came from.
Often in moments of challenge the people of God panic because they possess what we call “identity amnesias’. Today, really is no different. We too often forget who we are as children of God and we forget who God is in all His almighty power and glory.
We must not forget Hezekiah’s challenge to his people – listen!
We may not have the army of Assyria knocking on our door, but we all have an “Assyria” in our life…maybe two!
Hezekiah gives us the answer – “Look up and remember YOUR God.” As God’s child, you are never left to battle on your own!
“12 I, even I, am He that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; 13 And forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor? 14 The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. 15 But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is His name. 16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people. 17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem…” (Isaiah 51: 12–16 & 17).
*A special thank you to Paul David Tripp for walking in the spirit of God and sharing that walk with thousands. In this blog post there have been excerpts from his devotional called: New Morning Mercies (January 9). If you do not have this book I highly recommend that you purchase it. It has been an extreme blessing to my soul and you will be glad you did (he didn’t tell me to say that).
Truly, this alone can One fulfill, that is God. I am bewildered at such great love, such affection for mankind — His children; such care and gentleness our Lord showers deliberately upon us. Purposeful. It leaves me speechless.
What a God of all comforters, giver of strength, hope, courage, leadership, direction and source of all resources…if only we believe, if only we trust. He cannot lie, therefore, we read truth.
To think, God, the encourager of my soul and giver of true life…desires this for us! Read Deuteronomy 31:6 again.
As wonderful and gracious as God is, we have been given the freedom to choose. The freedom to accept His strength, leadership, bravery, courage, We have been given the freedom to choose to trust and rely on Him rather than ourselves or others, therefore, we choose our outcome.
This greatness is within our grasp…the question is will I latch onto it or choose rejection and then continue to live in fear and be afraid?
To realize who we are, what we are, and understand the gravity of who God is…is priceless not demeaning.
This isn’t license to degrade, belittle or bemoan who we are or fester in what we’ve been though, but rather see ourselves with or without God placed in first place; at the helm.
It is true, without God we live defeated, fearfulness grows and takes root. We live alone, afraid, accepting intimation, doubts, and sin as the only way possible.
Today, will you trust in God’s best for you? Will you choose to live bravely, courageously, actively because you have taken the mightiest source available…God’s hand.
Today, will you trust God even against what your flesh commands your mind to think? Will you take the hardest step, the first step, and believe the God of gods, the King of kings, the Lord of lords and give Him your hand, your heart, your mind, your soul, your life?
We choose how we live…it is as simple as that.
Today, I consciously make the decision to trust in the One who gives courage, who gives strength, who gives insight, who gives life, resources and ability. I trust in the One who gives wisdom, bravery even when I don’t feel very brave or courageous. I trust in the One who gives true freedom.
Today, I choose to be courageous, strong and brave because I know He is the only One that can accomplish that in me…that isn’t weakness but strength.
Will you join me brothers and sisters in Christ? I would love to know: follow our WordPress page, like us on FB, write a comments…who is with me? Who is for God?
You are not alone. I am not alone. Let’s stand together in CHRIST!