See A Victory
Posted: Saturday, September 28
Verse of the day
“If any nation comes to fight you, it is not because I sent them. Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat. I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy. But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
(Isaiah 54: 15-17)
The last devo I wrote came out of Psalm 56, and talked about how to respond to the attacks of the enemy. It talked about turning the other cheek and giving the fight over to God. This passage is what gives us the certainty that God is going to fight our battles, and that the ultimate victory is going to be ours. This is such a powerful short span of scripture that has a so many truths, and I just want to touch on a few really quick. The first one comes from his first sentence. There are so many times I have heard a nonbeliever talk about the bad things from this world and how a loving God would never do those things. This passage directly answers that question. When someone comes against us, it is because we live in a fallen world, not because God sends them against us. If we are a servant of the Lord, he will always be on our side.
The second thing I want to point out is the certainty that Isaiah describes these attacks and our Lord’s victory. The weapons are being formed. The armies are coming to destroy… BUT… no weapon will succeed and the enemy will be silenced. These are promises that we can cling to when it gets tough. We live in a fallen world and we are going to deal with trials, but God is always greater. And finally, I want to point out how specific Isaiah is when he says servants of the Lord. These promises do not apply to everyone, and they are not even promised to someone who accepts the existence of God. These promises are to those who faithfully serve the Lord and live to honor him.
There’s a song we just started doing on Sunday nights called See A Victory that is basically quoting this passage of scripture. It has been so encouraging to me, that when I look at the trials coming at me in my life that are way too much for me to overcome on my own, I can proclaim this anthem that I will see a victory because the battle is being fought by my Lord. With that assurance on my side, there is nothing I can’t walk into without complete confidence that my God’s got this.