“And say unto him [Ahaz], Take heed, and be quiet; FEAR NOT, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.” ~ Isaiah 7:4
FEAR NOT: God is Faithful even when we are Faithless
God sent this message to Ahaz, an EVIL king of Judah, through Isaiah. Judah was under attack from Syria, but God promised to protect them despite the fact that they and their king, Ahaz, had been disobedient to God as they continued to worship idols. The message, therefore, reminds us that God often protects us in spite of ourselves. Even when we are weak, even when we have failed, God remains faithful: God still watches over us and protects us.
God recognizes our frailties, and is merciful. FEAR NOT, Believer, God’s faithfulness depends on His righteousness, not ours. Therefore, we have hope.
In closing, it is important to note that despite God’s protection and demonstration of love, Ahaz went his own way. Ahaz, profanely, worshiped idols instead of God. Ahaz even sacrificed his own son (2 Kings 16:3) to please the idols he worshiped. And, eventually, God removed Ahaz from the throne.
Similarly, if we continue to resist Him, God’s mercy will be removed and replaced by His judgment. God is love, but God is also judge. Let us make the best use of His mercy while there is time: let us turn our lives completely over to Him.
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.