PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Isaiah 35-36
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Do not let Hezekiah mislead you when he says, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’” (Isaiah 36:18)
As we go from birth through life to death, I encourage people with hope.
My message is, ‘the Lord will deliver us…’, just like Hezekiah.
My faith and hope is that there is a way through this wilderness (35:8)
My goal is to strengthen feeble hands, steady the knees that give way.
To say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come.” (35:4)
I trust that the Spirit of Jesus is backing me up, helping them to be hopeful.
But I also sense that someone else is at work, discouraging us.
‘Where is your God, how is Jesus helping you, why is he letting you suffer?’
Which voice do you hear, and which voice is easier for you to believe?
As we go through COVID, plus whatever other life challenges we have, we hear voices.
Sometimes from others, but usually inside our hearts and heads.
‘Is my faith and hope and love in vain, am I being misled for believing in Jesus?’
For me it takes real determination to hang on to the hope, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’
It is hard to be an encourager when you’re hearing the negative voices yourself.
Lord, this negative voice is sometimes loud, sometimes soft. Help me not to answer it, but to keep repeating your truth: ‘The Lord will deliver us.’