During my solitude time this past week I was reading from Isaiah
chapter 8 where God speaks to Isaiah about the coming judgement against
Judah. Because of their wickedness, God is going to send the nation of
Assyria to punish them and carry them away into captivity.
God reminds the prophet Isaiah in the midst of all of this not to be
overcome by fear but to keep his focus on God. Verse 13 says, “The Lord
Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to
fear, he is the one you are to dread.”
In times of difficulty and struggle, it can be so easy to take our
eyes off of God and to be overcome by the fear of man, but God says that
He is the One we are to fear.
To fear God means to live in reverential awe and respect of who He
is. When our focus is on the power and might of our God, we will no
longer be concerned about what is taking place around us. We can trust
that God is in complete control.
Further on in Isaiah 8 verse 17 says, “I will wait for the Lord, who
is hiding his face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in Him.”
Isaiah knew that He could put His complete trust in God and had faith
that God would use the Assyrians to bring His plan to pass.
Waiting on the Lord means to be attentive to His voice and to be
constantly in tune to what He is doing. Just as a waiter at a restaurant
has the job of making sure the needs of their customers are met, so we
must be looking to see what God requires of us and how we can serve Him.
When I am facing a spiritual battle it is so easy for me to focus on
what is going on around me instead of keeping my eyes on the One who is
in control of the situation. Instead of waiting on the Lord and being
attentive to His voice I allow fear and anxiety to overtake my mind. God
used this passage in Isaiah to remind me that my mind must be
continually on Him. He is the One that I should fear and stand in awe
of. I can wait on Him and rest in the assurance that my trust does not
lie in man but in God, who is sovereign over all.