Fear Not

Isaiah 37:6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.  
              The prophet Isaiah spoke the words above to the servants of Hezekiah, king of Judah; now in his fourteenth year upon the throne.  At this point the Assryian army had already entered the land of Judah subduing many cities of the land, and was now situated on the outskirts of Jerusalem.  Naturally the King was very concerned of being consumed by his enemies the Assyrian’s.  When reading the previous five verses of verse six above it is very easy to see the proper response of King Hezekiah concerning this invading army and the threats that he had just heard from their commander.  First, Hezekiah rent his clothes, then he covered himself in sackcloth, and then he went into the house of the Lord.  In other words, Hezekiah did everything that he knew right to do in an effort to humble himself and to show unto God that he could not handle this situation by himself.  Oh that God’s people would learn this very valuable response of seeking the Lord.  The Lord God Almighty responds to this reaction of humility from His people; and often times very quickly.  God’s people must fully and entirely reveal to God a complete surrender and trust in Him; and then watch His marvelous power shine forth.  Hezekiah’s reaction to the invading army was not only inward (a sad and fearful heart), but also outward.  He was not too prideful to allow his burdened heart to affect his outward appearance, (rent clothes & covered with sackcloth).  This too reveals that the Christian has come to the end of himself, when he does not feel obligated to hide how broke the heart is.   Psalm 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.  
              Now the fourth proper response of Hezekiah in doing all that he knew to do was to get a hold of the man of God, Isaiah; and the verse above informs us of his words to the King; be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard.  A few thoughts concerning the threats and evil words that God’s people hear.  First, the threats are rarely fulfilled.  Most threats come at God’s people from someone who is not in their right mind.  Be it anger, jealousy, or some other fit of aggression.  People often say what they do not mean and do not follow through with their angry words.  Secondly, the people that make threats are physically or financially unable to follow through with their words of threats.  They may have magnificent plans for your demise, but not the resources to carry through.  And the last reason not to fear words is because of God.  When will God’ people understand that He is our defence, our high tower of protection.  Truly the individual that fears words does not trust the Lord entirely.  Or, could it be that Christians that fear words do not love God as they should?    1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
~Pastor Kaiser
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