Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Our Confidence in the Lord

4 And Rabshakeh said unto them, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? 5 I say, sayest thou, (but they are but vain words) I have counsel and strength for war: now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me? -Isaiah 5:4, 5 (KJV) 

When faced with overwhelming problems, what do we do? People often panic, fall apart, look to something else, or look to God. This is what Hezekiah and the people had to do in order to face the threats from the Assyrian army. The commander who brought the message asked the people on what were they basing their confidence (v 4). Our confidence is not in ourselves, but in God. Do we have confidence that the Lord is with us? We may say we have faith in God, but are we willing to put our faith into action by trusting God completely? God will grant us assurance of His presence and let us make sure our confidence is in Him and not in ourselves. It is not undesirable or wrong to reflect on past victories when faced with a new challenge. God has brought us through trials and challenges before, and He will do so again. He has empowered us and He will do so again at just the right time.

Do not be afraid to consider past victories and say, “God brought me through, He will do so again.” How soon we forget this vital truth. The commander was trying to get the people to turn away from God and stop following King Hezekiah, a man devoted to God. He said in verse 5 that all they had were empty words. He said the Assyrian king was the one to trust, for he possessed proper counsel. The world, the devil, makes similar statements. The devil is fond of saying. “All you have are empty words. Trust me, for I can make you happy.” We trust the living God. We place our faith in Jesus Christ, not empty words. We stand on the solid rock, and we have God’s Word the ultimate truth.

The devil will always try to reduce our faith and he will attempt to pour water on any confidence we have in God as our help and deliverer. The clarion call of unbelievers and scoffers is that God will not deliver you. Our reply is He already has. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Trust in Christ, not in ourselves. Deliverance comes for the faithful, and God is greater than any problem we face. God loves it when His people trust Him no matter what and in the face of impossible odds. Do not give up. Walk forward in faith, for the Lord is with you.

God bless you today.