“I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass, Isaiah 51:12
People often fear other people. They fear leaders, they fear neighbors, they fear others on the street, they fear nearly everyone. This fear comes from not being able to trust anyone.
There are many cases when a person has hurt another person. Very often this even occurs among those who are loved ones. Parents hurting children or children hurting parents. Brothers and sisters hurting each other.
With such hurt occurring everywhere, most people tend to fear others. In having this fear, they strive to live to please other people and lose the focus of reality in their lives.
In this passage, God points out that it is He, Himself, who comforts them. Then He asks why they fear other people who are just grass, not really anything.
Fear of people runs rampant in this world, including inside the church. People fear leaders, who make decisions that go against God. They fear the world and what the world is promoting and allowing.
In the process of allowing all of this fear, many are forgetting who God is and the comfort He can bring. God is eternal, while man is mortal. People are only here for a short time and then will pass on. Those in power can only work their power for a short time. It will not last for eternity.
Instead of fearing man, believers must take comfort in knowing that God is with them. God is always right there to comfort and strengthen His people in this world of sin. God’s love and comfort will not just last for a short time, but will be there for eternity. His salvation is permanent.
As you are going through your days on this earth, there will rise up people in your life who will seem to have absolute power. They don’t have that kind of power. They are just mere humans who will die some day.
Decisions and choices will be made that will go against you and against God. Do not fear those decisions. Look to God who is there to comfort you.
Do not forget that Jesus sent the comforter, the Holy Spirit, to be with you. He is there to hold you up and bring you through to eternal life some day. Trust in God alone and do not fear what man can do.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the comfort of the Holy Spirit; that God will remove all fear of man; and that your trust in God will only increase.
Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread. Isaiah 8:12-13
Rumors and conspiracy theories abound world wide about everything and anything. In a lot of these theories people are full of fear. Things that are small are made to be out to be large. False statements are made out to be true and people believe them
In today’s society the speed at which a thought can spread around the world is lightning quick with the internet. Within minutes, millions of people can hear about some false report, conspiracy theory or fake news and buy into it with fear.
During the time of Isaiah, this was also a problem. People would spread conspiracy theories and spread great fear. God tells the people not to believe those theories, but only to fear Him.
Events will occur in this world, but that does not mean a believer should fear them. Theories will abound, some will be true, some will be false, but the believer as no reason to fear them, God is the One who is in control.
When the believer is trusting in God and knows that He is in control, all he needs to be concerned about is pleasing God. Every believer is called to one thing–to love God with all of his heart, soul, mind and body. When he loves God he will obey God. This is what pleases God.
The things that man can do will no longer matter to the one who is trusting God. Man can only destroy the body, but not the soul. Man and the things he can do, do not need to be feared at all.
You will hear about things that the world will be scared about. Sometimes they will be false theories that are driven to scare people into a certain way of thinking. Other times they may be true. Either way you do not need to fear what is said or happening.
Put your trust in God and fear Him alone. Strive to love and obey God with all of your abilities. He is the one who gives you life for eternity, not just a temporary life.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God in all things; that God will give you His peace in all things; and that God will help you remove all fear of this world.
May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him. Psalm 67:7
People always want good things to happen to them. They want to be successful in what they do. No one wants any trouble or even struggles at all.
When things are going good, they feel that they are blessed. At that point, many feel as if they can relax and enjoy life and do what they want with no fears or worries.
In these types of cases, the blessings are desired for personal gratification. The desires for a blessing are completely selfish and greedy. When this occurs, the purpose of the blessing can be completely missed. Sin begins to reign in the heart of the person.
The author of this psalm talked about people praising God for all the blessings He has already given. Now he prays that God will continue to bless them, but not just to bless them for themselves, but so the world will fear Him.
While blessings help a person out tremendously, they are given for a purpose, and it is for more than just making life easier. Blessings are to be a witness to the rest of the world. They are to allow the world to realize that God is in control and those who follow Him have His hand of favor upon them.
The world believes that a believer in God is weak and living a dead life with no real hope or life. They do not believe in God. Yet, when they see a believer being blessed and pouring that blessing out upon other people, they begin to revere God.
Believers are to take the blessings that God is giving them to help bless others. This is not just blessing other believers, but those in this world. It is to show the world how God loves everyone and is reaching out to them.
You can look at your life and see how God is blessing you in many different ways. Count the number of blessings in your life and be amazed.
Now ask yourself what are you doing with those blessings? Don’t just sit back and enjoy them, but pass them on to others. Allow those blessings to become a witness of God’s great love and control.
Give the world a chance to know who God is because of what He is blessing you with. In this way many can come to know Jesus through your testimony of His blessings.
I pray today that you will know how God is blessing you; that you will see all the blessings God is giving you; that you will share God’s blessings with others in this world; and that you will be a witness of God’s love to this world.