Lent 2017: You Are Mine

Day 24: Our Only Help

Isaiah 31:1-9, Isaiah 32:1-20, Psalm 147:10-11, Joel 2:28-32

 

Around our house, we’ve been doing a lot of fretting lately. Home maintenance, vehicle repairs, school schedules, work stresses, financial constraints, and all the normal ups and downs of life can easily crowd the mind. Add to this political and social concerns, family strife, and personal emotional distress, and it is easy to cook up a few sleepless nights.

I know in my head that God is sovereign, but my heart needs daily reminders to not rely on the chariots and horses of my day, on the strength of my own flesh, or on the bread of Egypt. I bear the name of Christ, but if I am not careful I slide into living as though the armies of man rule the day.

Isaiah 31 is full of bellicose imagery—of swords and bows, of horsemen and soldiers. How fitting then is the reminder in verse 5: “The Lord of hosts will come down to fight on Mount Zion and on its hill.” These words remind me of Exodus 15:3: “The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is His name.”

The authority of God is not merely the distant echo of a kingly command. No, the Lord, strong and mighty, ready for battle, fights in our midst now. He is a warrior, leading His hosts to war. His Word is sure, both in His promise of salvation for those who trust in Him, as well as in His declaration of judgment upon those who rebel. His Word is sure, for He will accomplish it by His own might.

The result is fixed: God’s Word will prevail. The effect of righteousness will be peace and the result of righteousness will be quietness and trust forever (Isaiah 32:17).

This vision of Christ’s victory and reign dispels all need of fear and fretting. Instead, we have the sure promise of God’s Word, accomplished in Christ. Our lives should not be marked by anxiety, but by confident nobility. For he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands. What surer foundation and what greater trust can we ask for, but that of Christ the victor, the Holy One of Israel?

Written by Caleb Faires