Isaiah 10:24 MSG Therefore the Master, GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies, says: “My dear, dear people who live in Zion, don’t be terrorized by the Assyrians when they beat you with clubs and threaten you with rods like the Egyptians once did.
Life makes it easy to take your eyes off of the Lord. Especially when there are pressures from enemies all around. There are layoffs at work, sickness or disease in the family, cost of food on the rise, freedoms being eroded and stripped away, etc. Jesus told us that in this world we would encounter trouble, but that we don’t ever have to fear because He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
In Isaiah chapter 10, the Israelites were under siege by Sennacherib, the king of Assyria. Though they were under attack, being persecuted and oppressed, they are admonished to FEAR NOT. They are told not to be afraid of the Assyrians for the Lord would deliver them from their oppressors.
The enemy loves to gloat. It was Lucifer’s pride that led to his attempt to overthrow God. And pride comes before the fall. Sennacherib was no different. Isaiah 10:12-14 describes his arrogance and quotes some of his prideful comments about the treasures he was stealing, the people his armies had killed, and the destruction they had caused in Judea.
The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10a). Every circumstance that arises in life that attempts to steal, kill or destroy you is not from God, nor is it His will for you. Jesus said He came that you would have an abundant and full life (John 10:10b). We get into trouble because we shift our confidence and dependency to natural things instead of maintaining our focus on Him. We begin to look at our job as our source of provision, insurance, doctors or the government for our health, and others for the protection and maintenance of our cities, neighborhoods, and homes. Then we listen to the boasts of our circumstances and give in, but their boasting is evidence that they will fall. Our job is to depend on Him and not them.
Verse 20 tells us that Judah had shifted their trust and dependency from God to natural people and governments and were struck and abused by them. It goes on to say that they would never again depend on anyone but the Faithful Holy One of Israel. With their faith and dependency on the Lord they no longer had reason to fear.
Now is a great time to pause, taking a moment to reflect on exactly what and whom your dependency is in. Are you depending on others for your provision, health, and protection? When trouble comes where is your attention focused? Is it on our Faithful Father and His Word or is it consumed with fear, doubt, and worry? God’s will is for your provision, health, and victory in every circumstance. He has provided assurance for it by His own blood. If your dependence is on anyone or anything other than the Lord, fear will have its way with you. Never depend on them; always depend on Him and FEAR NOT!