Easier Said Than Done
“…If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.’”
– Isaiah 7:9b (NIV)
In Isaiah 7, Ahaz, King of Judah, was in the middle of a major crisis. He had just learned that the King of Syria and the King of Israel had come up to Jerusalem to wage war against him and the people of Jerusalem.
Verse 2 says “…the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.”
Have you experienced that kind of fear or trouble at some point in your life?
As far as I can tell, the prophet Isaiah’s first task was to go to Ahaz and relay to Him the words of the Lord. “Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands…thus says the Lord God: ‘It shall not stand and it shall not come to pass.’”
Now, you might put yourself in Ahaz’ shoes and think, “That’s easier said than done.” However, we should take note to be careful with those kinds of thoughts when God is stating promises.
God first gives instruction on how to respond followed by the promise “it shall not come to pass.”
God then ends this chapter by stating:
“If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.”
It’s a magnificent play on words to communicate a great truth. In other words, the root of being firm in life is to be firm in your faith.
Be firm in believing God.
Be firm and unbending in knowing and believing His promises and His truth. Being steadfast and believing in faith makes us firm people in life.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your word of promise to me. I believe that this is my year of restoration of all things. Help me to remain steadfast and unshaken in faith. I believe you, Lord, help my unbelief. In Jesus Name I pray.