Absolutely trusting God
O Zion, messenger of good news, shout from the mountaintops! Shout it louder, O Jerusalem. Shout, and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, “Your God is coming!” Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power. He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes. He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young. Isaiah 40:9-11 NLT
King Hezekiah in chapter 39 said, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime” (v. 8). Our lives and even our good intentions are not stable and inconsistent. They are like the flowers of the field; “The grass withers and the flowers fade” (Isaiah 40:7). We bloom only under perfect conditions but not under the barrages of difficulties. This is why Christianity is not about what we can do for it is all about what Christ had accomplished for us and the fulfillment of God’s promises. Christianity is founded upon a sure hope and there is nothing that can challenge its assurance. This is also why only God qualifies for our final trust. Our failure is costly but it’s not the end of our happiness because of what God offers to us; His promise of salvation. If you value the salvation you have, God is calling you to spread it. This is what Isaiah was admonishing the people of God would do: “Shout it louder, O Jerusalem. Shout, and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, “Your God is coming!” Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power.” Since God’s working and His presence are the sources of our joy, we have to tell others about this experience so that those who are losing hope will find strength in God. This is a simple message to spread around for we are sharing our own experience and all we need is the courage of faith. How much do you value God and your relationship with Him? Is He your conquering King? Is He your loving and tender Shepherd? Paul declared the joy of his salvation by telling others about the gospel: “I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:23, NASB). Our joy in the Lord is increased when we spread the joy of our salvation to others. Let us tell others that God’s promise, His working, His grace and glory are the sources of comfort in times of trials and failures. We can trust God more than we trust ourselves.