Today you should read: Isaiah 8
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. ~Rosa Parks
Most of us are very fortunate to live pretty comfortable lives. Very few of us in this day and age have ever had to face trial the likes of Rosa Parks. In the heart of segregation and racism taking place in the 1950’s in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa was faced with a choice that would change history. She was asked to move to the back of the bus so a white passenger could have her seat. In that moment the choice to stay seated was not one of rebellion, but of conviction. She knew that if she went to the back of the bus nothing would change but if she stood up for what was right then she could create change. Her belief in a free future is what gave her courage.
Today’s passage gives us another example of choice. God was sending the nation of Assyria to destroy the nations that were oppressing Israel which would lead to the ultimate deliverance of His people. Yet, this deliverance was not going to be without pain. War was coming but Isaiah reassures the remnant of God that He will become their sanctuary (v.14). So who was the remnant that He was encouraging? They were those who had true faith in God and preserved God’s word (v.16-22). They were still facing hardship but their belief in God and His promises gave them courage.
I am not sure if you or I will ever have to make a history-defining choice like Rosa Parks or if we will face the oppression of another nation on us. However, I do know that all of us are faced with hard choices when the right thing to do is the scary thing to do. The question we will need to answer is “what do we believe to be most important?” Our belief will determine our actions and our actions will reveal our belief.
“Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.” 1 Peter 3:13-17
Posted by: Chad Wiles