The Stand

This is what the Lord God says: It will not happen; it will not occur. The head of Aram is Damascus, the head of Damascus is Rezin (within 65 years Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people), the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all. – Isaiah 7:7-9

As the enemies of Judah assembled their forces upon hearing of the death of King Uzziah, Isaiah (God’s prophet) entered the Temple to pray. He certainly hoped (and expected) God to deliver His people, but instead was confronted by a vision of God’s holiness that resulted in his own heartfelt conviction over personal and corporate sin. Instead of immediate deliverance, God informed Isaiah that Judah would ultimately be ransacked and that many people would die, but that due to His covenant promise, the nation would ultimately be restored. Having encountered God, Isaiah was then instructed to preach this prophetical message of God’s judgment to the citizens of Judah, along with some added encouragement in the future arrival of God’s own anointed One, the Messiah.

At a time when it was easier to just “go along with the crowd,” Isaiah was called to take a stand. God had called him. Isaiah had agreed to be sent. God’s message had been received. It was Isaiah’s job to deliver it with clarity, understanding and accepting that it might not be appreciated.

No matter the consequences, God still expects His truth to be proclaimed and, for the modern “prophet,” nothing has changed.

If I speak what is false, I must answer for it; if truth, it will answer for me. – Thomas Fuller

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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