June 8 - Isaiah 27:5

Sunday, June 9, 2013

“Or let them lay hold of my protection, let them make peace with me, let them make peace with me.”

The Lord was speaking through his prophet Isaiah regarding the Israelites. In essence, because of their rebellion, they were at war with him (the Lord, not Isaiah).  Nebuchadnezzar was coming to destroy them and the Lord wanted them to know that within His protection, they would find peace.

We know the middle of that story.  It was too late. They didn't understand what they were giving up and though the prophets cried out for them to listen, they blithely continued to live as if they had nothing to worry about.

Our rebellions look much the same, don’t they! We blithely continue to live as if there is nothing to worry about and expect that everything will be the same; not knowing the many battles we will face until we are in the middle of them and have built up no hedge of protection against those battles.

When we are in the midst of them, we wonder where God has gone and why he isn’t taking better care of us; when in reality, we have run so far from him and ignored him for so long, the truth of the matter is, we don’t know what that relationship should even feel like.

Have you ever watched people who are struggling with something awful in their life, yet seem to be at peace?  The confidence in their relationship with God permeates all of their being and though the fact that the battle has arrived may have shook them, once they got into it, they settled in and met every onslaught with strength.

Lay hold of his protection.