VOICE FROM THE PEW

Isaiah Was Considered a Traitor

     Anyone who has read Isiah knows that he spent his entire life telling God’s people what was coming. And just like today they refused to listen. A scripture hit me like a ton of bricks when I read it. I re-read it and it made even more sense.

Isaiah 8:11-1

5 “11 This is what the Lord says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:12 “Do not call  conspiracy  everything this people calls a        conspiracy; do not fear what they fear,  and do not dread it.13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear,   he is the one you are to dread.14 He will be a holy place;  for both Israel and Judah  he will be a stone that causes people  to stumble and a rock that makes them  fall .And for the people of Jerusalem he will be  a trap and a snare. 15 Many  0f them will stumble;   they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured.”

     Well, it appears that the tribe of Judah much like us today lived in constant fear. They lived in fear of invasion, war, disease, you name it. Isaiah tells Judah to not go along with the national policies, but they are to fear and trust God. He told the people to first trust God then the King. He even predicted the overthrow of the government. Because of his convictions and his prophecy, he was called a traitor. Does this sound familiar?   

      The only Fear that we should ever have is the fear and reverence of God. That is the only fear that brings peace and confidence in our lives. Fear of war, disease, famine even death is not of God it is of man.

     We put way too much faith in man and not enough in God. Verse 17 tells us this “I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.”

      Isn’t it time we did the same?  

Yvonne Sewell