I love the words God spoke through Isaiah to Ahaz in Isaiah 7 when Judah was threaten with a seemingly unwinnable war.
First, he told him to “Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint …”
Good words in any situation, but especially when the world seems to be falling in on you. When things are not going as you planned, hoped, wished, prayed for.
Then Isaiah says a hard truth, which I see worked out in my life more times than I care to remember. “If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.”
When I am not standing firm in faith and firm in grace as Peter calls us to in ! Peter 5, then everything I think and do is shaky, unstable, unproductive, sin.
Firm according to Webster means: (1) securely or solidly fixed in place (2) not weak or uncertain.
So, what do I do when I am not fixed in my faith, or it is weak, uncertain faith?
In the grace I stand in, I “cast all my anxieties on Jesus, because He cares for me” (I Peter 5: 7). I “lay aside” or “stripe off” every anxiety that weighs me down and every sin they cause me (Hebrews 12:1 -2) by casting them on Jesus and I look to Him, the “founder and perfecter of our faith”.
In this way, I like Ahaz can be careful, be quiet, not fear and not let my heart be faint.
March on. Fight the good fight of faith. Stand firm.