Posted: May 24, 2016 (10:05 PM) by CalvinDude
I’ve been reading through the book of Isaiah, and I think that I’ve discovered a new favorite verse. Of course, reading through the Bible I always discover new favorite verses, so this will only be my new favorite verse until the next new favorite verse comes along to take its place. Although, given how awesome this one is, it might actually stay there for a while.
It comes in at the end of Isaiah 7:9, which concludes: “If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.” Now, in context, this is to Judah (the “you” is plural) regarding how the king of Syria and the king of Israel (specifically, from the tribe of Ephraim) had attacked Jerusalem and how God was going to destroy both Damascus (Syria) and Samaria (Ephraim), and the prophecy was specifically given to King Ahaz. It also comes immediately before the Messianic prophecy of the virgin birth (one of Isaiah’s prophecies that had a dual fulfillment).
But it just as easily could be speaking to any one of us today. “If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.” These are words to live by!
Of course, one must take careful note that faith for the sake of faith is not what is being spoken of here. Faith literally does not actually save anyone at all. Rather, what is important is the object that one places his or her faith in. In the case of Isaiah, the faith was faith that God would do what He said He would do. For the Christian, not only do we have God as the object of our faith, but we also have Christ’s completed work on the cross as the object of our faith. It is because He, our Triune God, is the object of our faith that our faith is worth anything.
So, brothers and sisters, stand firm in the faith. We can avoid all fear and trepidation, all timidness, because we will be firm. But if we are not firm in our faith in who God is, then the warring kingdoms do indeed look frightening. Without our God, and without our faith in Him, then we will fall at the mere rumor of war. So I urge you, hold on to your faith. Know who He is so that you know why He is a strong tower of safety!
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