four looks at God

June 2015 (25)Isaiah 51:12-16

12 I — I am He — your encourager, Who are you — and you are afraid of man? he dies! And of Adam’s son — he is made of grass! 13 And you forget Yahveh your maker, who stretches out the skies, and creates the land, And you are continually afraid all day long, because of the fury of your oppressor, because he has gotten ready to destroy you. But where is the fury of that oppressor? 14 The exile is in a hurry to be set free, and he will not die in the dungeon, and his bread will not be lacking. 15 And I am Yahveh your God, calming the sea, when its billows roar, Yahveh of Armies is his name. 16 And I put my words in your mouth, and with the shadow of my hand have covered you, to plant the skies, and to establish the land, and to say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’

four looks at God

Isaiah sees a cowering, discouraged people, and urges them to look at their LORD. Yahveh is their encourager, their maker, their God, and the mover of armies. If he can just get his people to concentrate on who God is instead of seeing only the things they are choosing to fear, he knows that they can be released from the paralysis of fear.

We have been told by so many people with good intentions that theology does not matter. When we are in bondage to fear, theology matters. What we know about God, and how we view God makes a vital difference in our ability to rise above our problems and have hope for a different future. Study theology. See who God really is, and it will make a difference.

LORD, give us the wisdom to look closely at who you are, so that we can overcome our discouragement and fear.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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