ISAIAH 8:11-13: “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.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: Do you know the latest “conspiracy theory”? There is a national radio talk show host who has a segment on his show called “The Conspiracy Hour”. This is an hour that is dedicated to people calling in with all of the latest, greatest, and craziest conspiracies you could ever think of. The host acts as the voice of reason trying to debunk these wild theories. It is done for shear entertainment, yet it illustrates the fear that is running rampant in our culture.
If we listen to the “conventional wisdom” of our day today we can easily become conspiracy theorists. We can be tempted to forward a facebook post, or email, that details the whole enchilada. Yet, is this the way a believer is supposed to act in uncertain times? Are we supposed to be like everyone else walking in fear, consumed with conspiracy, and frozen by dread?
The Lord speaks to His servant Isaiah, and to us, these timely and important words:
“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread.”
As God’s people we are not to get caught up into the vortex of “conventional wisdom”. With the onslaught of information and social media this could literally consume our entire day. By the end of the day we will be a physical, emotional, and spiritual wreck. If we listen to it enough, we will begin to believe it. The Bible is clear – “Faith comes by hearing…” Everyone walks by faith. The real question is – “Faith in Who”? “Faith in what?” So the Lord continues to guide Isaiah and us:
“But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.”
When we “fear the Lord” something wonderful happens – we stop being controlled and dominated by “fear”. The “fear of the Lord” brings wisdom, understanding, life, and peace. We are securely anchored in Him, and we are lifted above the fear, dread, and conspiracies of this world. We look to His Word, we understand His promises, we see His eternal purposes, and we are assured that He will sustain us and ultimately reign in victory!
As Paul so aptly put it – “…If God be for us, who can be against us!”
So this morning I have a choice to make. It is a choice of “fear”. It is important to choose my “fear” wisely. This morning I choose to run to the “fear of the Lord”, for I know that as I do I will run right into His strong arms of protection and Grace!
In Jesus Name!