Fear Only God

"For the LORD spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: 'Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread.'" (Isaiah 8:11-12)

The northern kingdom called Israel made an alliance with Syria and under that confederacy sought overthrow of the southern kingdom, Judah. But the Lord would not allow that to happen. Sadly the king of Judah refused to trust in the Lord even though he gave him sign of assurance – a virgin shall conceive. (7:14-16)

From the perspective of the southern kingdom the actions of the confederacy was conspiratorial. But The Lord sternly warned Isaiah don’t assume conspiracy with the same mind of people. What was happening was far deeper than human conspiracy. It involved the very hand of God against Israel and later against Judah (cf.v.14).

We know our God is sovereign over the affairs of the world. Unlike Israel and Judah we can’t know specifically God’s reasons for national events. Therefore we, too, may feel there is conspiracy in high places. Instead, let us take the Lord’s message to heart and apply it to our worldview of history.

But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. (v.13)

--E.C.Malone 12/05/2014

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