and say to him: ‘Take heed, and be quiet; do not fear or be fainthearted for these two stubs of smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria, and the son of Remaliah.’ Isaiah 7:4
Threats of violence can be found nearly everywhere. Threats of shootings, bombings and many other forms of violence are on the rise. People are often very angry about something and take that anger out on others that are innocent in extremely violent and deadly ways. Fear of these threats or the possibility of threats is very high across the nation.
God tells Isaiah to tell King Ahaz to be quiet and not to be afraid or fainthearted of the two the smoking firebrands, Rezin and the son of Remaliah.
The enemy, Satan is out to steal, kill and destroy anyone and everyone he can in any way that he can. Division in families, cities, nations is brought about by the deception of the enemy to bring about his cause. Racism, hatred, false ideologies and religions are used to raise the levels of violence.
Alongside the basic common violence is the rise of persecution of believers. Believers are threatened physically, emotionally and socially more and more in the open. Lives are quickly destroyed by a few keyboard strokes entered into social media.
Believers are often caught up in the fear that the world has. Yet, God tells His people from the beginning of the Bible until the end to not be afraid and to be quiet before the enemy.
Much of the threats of attacks by the enemy is just smoking firebrands. They blow a lot of smoke but are unable to actually do any real damage. In the end believers will be on the winning side of the battle and will live for eternity with God in heaven.
The enemy is out to destroy in. He will use whatever means possible. The threat looks and sounds real but remember that the world may be able to destroy your body, but it cannot destroy your soul. God has you in His hands and is in control. Be quiet and still and watch God work in your life and destroy the works of the enemy in your life. Be His bold witness of His love and power. You may get bruised or hurt, but you will not be destroyed as you put your faith in the saving power of Jesus.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the weakness of the threats of the enemy; that you will see the power of God at work in your life; that you will know the peace of God in the midst of threats; and that you will see God break the work of the enemy in your life.
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