November 7, 2008
“I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you
are afraid of man who dies, and of the son of man who is made like
grass; that you have forgotten the Lord your Maker, who stretched
out the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; that you
fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor,
as he makes ready to destroy? But where is the fury of the oppressor?”-
These are times of upheaval. Natural disasters, political friction,
bloody wars, and economic chaos are the subject of every newspaper
headline. It is enough to tie your stomach in knots, and to make
you stare into the darkness at night … exhausted, but too
tense to sleep.
But through the prophet Isaiah, God calls us to a higher standard: “Why
are you afraid of people? Why are you sleepless about the economy?
Why are you terrified about what is happening in the national and
international political scene? Have you forgotten? I am the sovereign
Lord of the Universe and there is nothing – nothing – that
is outside my control. I have sworn that all things will work out
for good if you love me. Why are you afraid?”
You can almost hear him snap divine fingers dismissively: “Where
is the fury of the oppressor? The worst that people – the
worst that the world – can throw at you is nothing compared
to my strength and my power. Remember this: and be comforted!”
are you afraid of? Why?
- What does fear do to you? What does it
do to your relationship with God?
- What is your view of God? What word-picture can you use
to describe his sovereignty?
- What difference would it make
to your fears if you could truly grasp the sovereignty of God?