Isaiah is clear, God WILL uphold Israel. No matter which enemy, no matter which age–Israel is still, and will always be, God’s chosen people. Additionally, those who are in relationship with God through faith in Christ are also God’s chosen. Isaiah makes the pronouncement that the chosen of God need not fear–He will uphold and defend them and their name until the end of time.
There have been so many cultures and people groups that have sought to eradicate God and His chosen from the face of the earth. They have persecuted, martyred, and sought to destroy all evidence of God’s existence and impact on men’s lives. Yet, as of 2020, they have failed repeatedly. Oh, make no mistake, every resource has been leveraged. Every attempt has been made. Armies, legislatures, congresses, parliamentary bodies, judicial bodies, evil empires, and tyrannical regimes have, in succession done their part to wipe the planet clean of God and His people.
The Great news is they have all failed–because, as Isaiah so articulately explains, God has committed to our protection and provision. God can raise and destroy empires in an instant–Ask the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines…Still, God calls His people to pray without ceasing. He calls us to walk humbly and live holy lives. He accepts us for who we are; but, calls us to become like Jesus. In that process, though, He never abandons His beloved. We must trust Him at His word. Walk as one that is bought with a price.
The world can continue to spew its hate and attempt to take God out of the picture, but, as has always been the case–the world will fail. The created will never outsmart the creator. He has always been, is and will always be. Conversely, those that would defeat the Lord are here for an instant and then disappear into obscurity. We,God’s chosen, need to cling to His promise and walk in His way to enjoy the peace, protection, and provision He longs for us to enjoy.
God Bless You
But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
the offspring of Abraham, my friend;
9 you whom I took from the ends of the earth,
and called from its farthest corners,
saying to you, “You are my servant,
I have chosen you and not cast you off”;
10 fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11 Behold, all who are incensed against you
shall be put to shame and confounded;
those who strive against you
shall be as nothing and shall perish.
12 You shall seek those who contend with you,
but you shall not find them;
those who war against you
shall be as nothing at all.
13 For I, the Lord your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.”
14 Fear not, you worm Jacob,
you men of Israel!
I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord;
your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15 Behold, I make of you a threshing sledge,
new, sharp, and having teeth;
you shall thresh the mountains and crush them,
and you shall make the hills like chaff;
16 you shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away,
and the tempest shall scatter them.
And you shall rejoice in the Lord;
in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.