“When the house of David was told, ‘Syria is in league with Ephraim,’ the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind. And the LORD said to Isaiah, ‘Go out to meet Ahaz…And say to him, “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.’” Isaiah 7:2-7
In this passage in Isaiah, King Ahaz wasn’t trusting in the power of God to save them. He only looked at the apparent strength of the armies coming against Israel and shook in fear. How often do we respond this way? We look at the circumstances surrounding us and begin to worry. As if God doesn’t see them. Or doesn’t care. Or isn’t able to do anything about it—anything truly helpful, at least. In our worry and fear, we fix our eyes on the situation rather than on our God. We fail to remember who He is.
It’s at this point that we must determine to fix our eyes on Him. In Lamentations 3, the prophet Jeremiah seems lost in hopelessness. Yet in the midst of a discourse filled with despair, we find the beautiful words of verses 21-23 and everything shifts: “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” As we face difficult circumstances, we must call to mind the character of our God. Because looking to His truth changes everything. It renews our right perspective, restores our hope, and strengthens our heart.
One of my favorite descriptions of our Lord is found in Revelation 3:7, “The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.” It highlights His incomparable power. He opens and shuts doors as He wills, and no one is able to change it.
So when our God tells us to not fear, not be anxious, not be faint in heart, there is good reason to trust Him. Immeasurable power and everlasting faithfulness are backing His statement. He will not forget us. He will not overlook a detail. He has wisdom that far surpasses our own, and He absolutely will keep His promises, maintain faithfulness to us, and fulfill His every purpose.
In Isaiah 7:9, the Lord says, “If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.” Have faith in who your God is. Have faith that He is able to do whatever He wills, and none can stand against Him. As you stand in faith, you will not be shaken. Because the God to whom you look, the God on whom you wait, will never fail.