We see the shape society is in. There is hardly any stability left in the world. Here is Isaiah 7 we are reminded our stability is in God. He sent Isaiah to talk to Ahaz, King of Judah. We see that through faith we can be grounded and established on the Rock. The Rock is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 7: 9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
The stability of life depends on the stability of our faith. This ends up with in-depth prophecy of the virgin birth of Christ. We hear of the de-stabilizing of the Middle East; it has never been stable over there! Korea is trying to rattle everybody. In the U.S. we see a divided nation. It’s no longer a union. Before the Civil War the South was called the Confederacy. We see the word confederate in verse 2. And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind. Israel’s King Pekah was wicked. Ahaz got word that Syria was making friends with Pekah. They decided to make war against Ahaz. They planned to take it all and have one big nation. Israel wanted to rid Canaan of the last remnant holding onto God.
The hot spots today are Syria and Iraq, both near the border of Israel. What we see today is the fulfilling of prophecy. All eyes are on Israel and the kings of the east. The message to Ahaz was God is still in control. Believe on God and be established. Don’t worry how things look. Believe. Without believing the stability won’t be there. The devil tries to oppress us by placing doubt in our heart. He told Adam and Eve that they wouldn’t die if they ate of the fruit God commanded them not to eat. He attacked their faith and trust in God’s word. The moment they questioned what God said, the less stable they were. Keep a full tank of faith in your tank. Who would we be? What would we be without our faith in him? Our obedience to him should be natural for us. We shouldn’t get up each day wondering if we’re going to obey. That means we’re questioning him.
God saw it all coming. He sent the word of the Lord to Ahaz. Aren’t you thankful for the Word! It gives us stability. We cannot trust the devil. Put no credence in what he says. He can lure us with what he shows as good. The Lord tugs on our heart to not listen to the devil because doing so unsettles our stability. Isaiah told Ahaz if he surrendered he wouldn’t stand. It’s not our strength but God’s. Our very success and victory lies in our trusting God with all our heart. When it comes to the battles, when you’re put in the sifter, what do you do? Watch out. The devil wants to break the faith link. No matter how rough it is, it can get worse. Don’t let your faith be wrecked.
Faith means God speaks and we listen. Faith means God leads and we follow. I’ve heard it all. People say “I don’t have what it takes to be a Christian.” If you can believe you can. Keep trusting. You and I don’t make it possible; the Lord does.
We saw in verse 2 that Ahaz shook with fear when he got word of the plan to make war against him. No matter what ill wind comes, stay connected to the Lord. Follow him. Take him at his word. Ahaz was reminded if he didn’t believe he’d not be established. Let it be God’s victory and you can have it. Believing is vital to a victorious life. The reward for faith doesn’t come when we die. We can be established now.
The Philistines threatened Israel. King Saul was hiding. Nobody was willing to face Goliath but David. He knew how to use a sling shot so that’s what he used. He didn’t know how to use Saul’s armor. You’ll not get through life on the preacher’s coat tail. Face the devil yourself. David faced Goliath in the name of the Lord telling him that the battle is the Lord’s.
God prodded Ahaz to ask for a sign. Ahaz realized his sin. He couldn’t add it all up. God gave him his sign in verse 14. Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. What does Immanuel mean? —God with us. Ahaz got what the Lord was saying. In the name of Jesus is complete victory and stability. He is with us when the world closes in on us. Remember he is with us, not them. You can’t keep from being established if you believe.
The presence of God depends on the stability of our faith. We have no reason to doubt. God always comes through and always will. Establish faith, trust and confidence in God and we’ll see it. When the dust settles we’ll be established in heaven. Commit to God and be established.