“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. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 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. And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”” (Isaiah 8:11–15).
There is a very interesting parallel between what was taking place in Israel under Ahaz and what we are experiencing today. Even among Christians, there is unfounded fear of what is happening in the world that leads to false labeling of events, rather than honoring the Lord with reverential fear so HE is hollowed in our lives! Many are taking “offense” and “stumbling” over the Rock of our Salvation, Jesus Christ. Some are crushed and some are broken in pieces (Matthew 21:44). But those who make Him their “Cornerstone…will not be put to shame” (1 Peter 2:6).
Isaiah’s heart was in the right place and guarded by truth. He says, “I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.” (Isaiah 8:17). While the world around us is blind to what God is doing, to such a man or woman like this, God gives more announcements that further strengthens faith and gives purpose and meaning to why He has left us here. If you are struggling with ‘bad news’, please keep reading the next blogs in the days ahead. God will infuse your heart and mind with His eternal purpose! Wait and hope in Him!