Do Not Be Afraid – Isaiah 8

Do Not Be AfraidIn today’s chapter, we’re given more insight into the life of a prophet. Isaiah continues with his words from God concerning the nations of Israel and Judah. God even gives Isaiah the name of his child before it is conceived. Isaiah showed Uriah and Zechariah the name, which he had written down: Maher-shalal-hash-baz (meaning swift to plunder and quick to spoil.

Can I just stop here and apologize to this child for the actions of his parents? Who would do that to a kid? It’s hard enough growing up with a normal name. <grin> Just kidding, of course. This is the name God chose because it is prophecied that before this child is old enough to speak, that Assyria will invade Damascas and Samaria and carry off its riches.

On one hand if God chose to give me such a prophecy that involved the naming of my children, how would I feel. On the other, I long for such a relationship with my God. Like it says in I Corinthians 14:1, I long for the spiritual gifts, especially prophecy.

The other thing I notice in this chapter is found in verses 11-13:

11 The LORD has said to me in the strongest terms: “Do not think like everyone else does. 12 Do not be afraid that some plan conceived behind closed doors will be the end of you. 13 Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else.

What an encouragement. Do not be afraid. If you fear Him, you need fear nothing else.

Be encouraged today, warriors. God alone is Holy and able to defend us from those who plan against us. Keep your eyes on Him alone and you will be rescued and lifted up.


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