• Leah Blumenstein

What are you afraid of?

Updated: Dec 3, 2019

For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.” Isaiah 8:11-15

What are you afraid of?

The reason I ask is because it will correlate to how you live your life. The reason I ask is because according to the Bible, whatever you fear controls you and shapes how you live your life. 

Isaiah writes to the people of Judah who were in a bad spot. A good king (Uzziah) had just died and not in a noble way. So what do you think the nations around them were saying? "It is the end for Judah. They will never recover. Surely they will fall. Now is the time to attack" 

Therefore God tells Isaiah to go tell the people not to be caught up in conspiracies and public fear mongering. Rather, his solution is pretty straightforward- "But the Lord of hosts. Him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

Do you see what He's saying? If you're going to give control (honor) to someone based on your fears, let it be the One person who is worthy of both fear and honor. The fear of the Lord is an under taught subject in church. The point of this doctrine isn't to make you cowardly but to give you courage. We fear the Lord and as a result we have nothing else to fear.

What's the result of honoring and fearing the Lord? "He will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling." We have protection and a defense against those who threaten and oppose us. 

Today, be thankful that we serve a God who gives us the courage to put all our hope in Him and we have nothing to fear.

Let this be your prayer:

God you are our Lord. We honor you. We fear you. We hope in you. Take away all our other fears that our lives might be directed by none but you. Amen.



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