There was an enemy coming for the people of Judah. And the enemy wasn’t coming alone. The king of Syria had joined with the king of Israel and they were after Jerusalem.
That’s often the way it is – right? One problem? We could maybe handle it. But it’s the “various/multiple” trials that Peter and Paul and James all refer to in the New Testament that can be our undoing.
The heart of the people shook (v 2).
Here’s the thing. This doesn’t mean that the people felt a little anxious about the upcoming battle. That would be understandable. It isn’t describing a mixture of fear and adrenaline that would accompany such an attack.
The word “shook” has a much bigger connotation.
👉 Shook: to tremble, to make unstable, to move aimlessly, to be tossed about
Basically, y’all, the people were a mess. And we’re all nodding our heads because we’ve been there or, perhaps, are there.
But the Lord tells them, “Don’t let your hearts be faint.”
Don’t stop believing.
He warns them that unbelief in their God will make them unstable in every area of life (v 8).
James gives a similar warning, “…for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” That idea of being “tossed about” is the same as being “shook” in this passage in Isaiah. Doubt makes us able to be shaken.
👉 Something extra to ponder: in the face of an aggressive enemy, the Lord says, “Be careful and be quiet.” Hmm…that alone will preach. 😉
👇Drop those sweet emojis below, friends, so I know I’m not in Isaiah alone. 😃
“Your guilt is taken away, and your sin is atoned for.”
Then, today’s portion begins immediately with:
“And I heard the voice of the Lord…”
“And he said, ‘Go…’”
I couldn’t help but think about how unconfessed sin in my life will hinder my ability to hear from the Lord. And it will prevent me from being fruitful in my service to the Lord.
May we, like David, pray, “Lord, point out anything in me that offends you” (Psalm 139:24.) Then, when the Lord makes us aware, let us quickly repent. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss a word that the Lord has for me.