Knowing Where to Place Our Hope
12 “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. 13 But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 14 And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”
The Lord speaks through the prophet Isaiah in preparation of the coming of the Assyrian army. Fear was prevalent amongst the Jews who were expectant of a powerful force potentially taking away their all of their land, riches, and people. Isaiah prophecies that even though defeat may come, that our hope comes in something greater than what we can see and fathom with our own eyes. The Lord gives a warning to Isaiah that they are not to be swayed by this prevalent fear instilled by the majority but rather to work against the current of the stream. God calls for Isaiah and his people to put their faith in Him and to be sanctified or set apart for the sake of bringing all honor and glory to Him. The Lord presses that they put their hope in Him, and that if there is anything to fall to it would be the hands of God. In return, the Lord will be their protection by keeping them safeguarded from falling into the hands of their enemy.
I recall during Hurricane Lane that the media had instilled so much fear into the residents of Hawaii. People prepared, and took precaution.. but the ways in which people reacted were different for everyone. I could witness a certain majority who were owned by a spirit of panic which then encouraged others to fall into the same sort of anxiety. I could also see another set who heard the warnings, prepared well but also trusted that the Lord’s hand would be over them. The spirit in which we respond to times of need can greatly differ depending on who or what we place our hope in. Our hope will be fallen and broken if completely placed in a fallen and broken world with fallen broken people. When we fear the Lord (give up our rights, fully entrust Him, and obediently submit to Him in awe and worship), He divinely protects us and leaves our spirits impenetrable from the enemy and his evil ways. Waiting upon the Lord acknowledges our circumstances while not being settled for worldly outcomes.. it allows us to surrender everything to Jesus by letting go and exchanging all of our fears, anxieties, addictions, and even hopes, dreams, and expectations for something beyond what this world could even fathom.
Thank you Father for reminding me where place my hope. At times, it’s so easy for me to be swayed by the majority, but if anything Jesus was very counterculture! Help me rely more on You during times of need and look beyond my circumstances or my fleshly ways.