Isaiah 7:3-7 MSG Then GOD told Isaiah, “Go and meet Ahaz. Take your son Shear-jashub (A-Remnant-Will-Return) with you. Meet him south of the city at the end of the aqueduct where it empties into the upper pool on the road to the public laundry. (4) Tell him, Listen, calm down. Don’t be afraid. And don’t panic over these two burnt-out cases, Rezin of Aram and the son of Remaliah. They talk big but there’s nothing to them. (5) Aram, along with Ephraim’s son of Remaliah, have plotted to do you harm. They’ve conspired against you, saying, (6) ‘Let’s go to war against Judah, dismember it, take it for ourselves, and set the son of Tabeel up as a puppet king over it.’ (7) But GOD, the Master, says, “It won’t happen. Nothing will come of it.
Ahaz, the King of Judah at the time, has just learned that two kings who had individually led unsuccessful military campaigns against the city of Jerusalem in Judah have joined their forces together. Although neither had been successful their armies had taken a toll on the armies of Judah. Isaiah 7:2 in the NLT says when he and his people heard the news that, “… the hearts of the king and his people trembled with fear, like trees shaking in a storm.” But God doesn’t want His people to live in fear so He sent Isaiah to encourage them.
The Lord spoke to the prophet Isaiah to go meet with Ahaz and deliver him a message. This message has some important advice that will help us walk free from fear in any circumstance. Isaiah told Ahaz: Listen, Calm Down, Don’t be afraid “Fear Not” (KJV), Don’t Panic, and GOD SAYS.
Listen – This is an attention grabber. Listen up! That also means one will need to be quiet or “shut up”. The NKJV says, “Take heed” letting us know that this means one also has to pay attention and actively listen. This is vital. When fearful circumstance hit many people become overwhelmed and begin rehearsing and speaking over and over again the problem and fear they are experiencing. As long as they are talking about the problem, they won’t see or hear the solution. Get some good counsel and listen to what they say.
Calm Down – Once you’ve settled your mouth, settle your mind. Take some deep breathes, pray in the Spirit and relax. Sit down and be still for a few minutes. An anxious mind and body is easily inspired to fear.
Don’t Be Afraid “Fear Not” (KJV) – The predicates the actions of the former. In order to not be afraid one is going to have to shut up, listen and calm down in the midst of a fearful situation or crisis. As we’ve discussed before fear is a choice. You can have a fearful thought and experience the noun ‘fear’ without becoming the verb ‘afraid’. Isaiah was told to rebuke their fear and command Ahaz to FEAR NOT!
Don’t Panic – or become fainthearted. Don’t be softened in your approach or your response. Not only should you not be afraid, but you should also not be intimidated or moved. This is an encouragement to respond with courage, be strong, and to stand fearless, not easily moved.
God says… – What God says about your situation makes all the difference. What does He say in His Word? His Word is His will. Listen to the voice of the Spirit of God. What is He telling you? He may instruct you to trust Him and take action (sell something, call someone, speak to the situation, etc…) or in this case just trust Him and relax for nothing would come of their attack against Judah.
When fearful circumstances come your way. Be quite and listen. Get some good counsel. Calm down. This will prevent you from making a rash decision. Don’t be afraid “Fear Not” and don’t panic. Why? Because you can put your faith and trust in what God says concerning your situation. Look at what He’s written you in His Word and is speaking to you by His Spirit. He will give you a Word in your situation so you can FEAR NOT!