Isaiah 8:13 “Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.”
Fear abounds in the world today.
Fear of sickness, disease, and death. Fear of those who are violent. Fear of those in authority. Ultimately, without Christ, man fears his own mortality.
God’s children are not so.
We have been given the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
He is not an inactive entity.
He is my Comforter.
He bears witness to the truth.
He leads and guides me in every aspect of my life – if I ask.
There is a comfort in knowing I am tied to my Heavenly Father through His Holy Spirit in me.
He brings peace in troubled times.
He calms my heart when I am overwhelmed.
He shines a light when the way seems dark.
He assures me when I feel lost and alone.
He protects me when I am in danger.
I can know that I have been given everything to be triumphant and victorious in life’s battles.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
I have been given the antidote for fear.
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
My Heavenly Father has perfect love. Love for the world and love for me. I also know where I fail to love those in my life, God can love through me.
Matthew 5:44-45 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Isaiah prophesies to the Israelite people to set God apart from all the other things in their life. Have a right and proper fear of Him. The dread of which he speaks is awe – not a cowering fear that incapacitates.
We need to remind ourselves:
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
God has a purpose and plan for each of our lives. His thoughts toward us are right and good.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Let this weekend begin with rejoicing, praise, and prayer to God for all He is and does for us!