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God alone is our strong Savior

So the people of God will sing a song of joy, like the songs at the holy festivals. You will be filled with joy, as when a flutist leads a group of pilgrims to Jerusalem, the mountain of the Lord—to the Rock of Israel. And the Lord will make his majestic voice heard. He will display the strength of his mighty arm. It will descend with devouring flames, with cloudbursts, thunderstorms, and huge hailstones. At the Lord’s command, the Assyrians will be shattered. He will strike them down with his royal scepter. And as the Lord strikes them with his rod of punishment, his people will celebrate with tambourines and harps. Lifting his mighty arm, he will fight the Assyrians. Topheth—the place of burning—has long been ready for the Assyrian king; the pyre is piled high with wood. The breath of the Lord, like fire from a volcano, will set it ablaze. Isaiah 30:29-33 NLT

From the text, the Israelites were facing what seemed to be formidable foe; the Assyrians and their king. Yet, Isaiah reminded them that the Assyrians were no threat. All the powers of evil and oppression were no threat to the power of God. The bondage of sin and fear of death and hell are no threat as well because of the name of the Lord. What the prophet Isaiah is telling the people is that God has declared himself to us; we can be sure about Him. God has revealed himself to us completely through our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ died on the cross to break the hold of evil over the lives of those who place their trust in Him. God is coming again in power and glory to strike down and put a stop to the enemy forever. There is no power that can resist Him. “The breath of the Lord, like fire from a volcano, will set it ablaze.” When Isaiah was given a glimpse of the future what he saw was a feast, with music, song of joy and gladness of heart. The victory in the end will be God’s and the joy will be ours. Right now we don’t always treat God as a loyal friend yet He remains faithful. “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is” (2 Timothy 2:13). No matter how difficult what we are facing, let us not deviate from the gospel. Let us not forget that the Spirit of God is in us and He is “the Spirit of truth” (John 16:13). When we ignore His word and allow a spirituality that diminishes the Scriptures, at best our spirituality is defective and at the least non-existent. Also, let us not allow God be limited by our own prejudices instead open ourselves to newness. “Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3:23). Since we do not know or have all the answers, let us not turn to false saviors instead let us be honest with God, lean on Christ alone for He alone is a strong Savior.


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