Isaiah- Week 7- Day 4

And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof. And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward: For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.

Isaiah 37:30-32

God responds through Isaiah by giving Hezekiah a sign. He tells him that he would not be able to do agriculture for two years. In the first year they will eat what is growing wild and it will be enough to sustain them. In the second year they will only eat what came as a result of the first years growth. In the third year he was told he’d be able to plant, grow and harvest and eat.
He was also told that the remnant of Judah will take root. They will be sustained in the land. Senacharib would not be able to destroy the children of Israel. Why? Because God is on their side. “The zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this.”

Here are a few points of application:

  • God does often respond to our prayers when we pray according to His will.
  • God made it clear that he will protect his people.
  • God can be trusted.

How has God proven He can be trusted in your life?

Trusting in God will bring Protection- Isaiah- Week 6- Day 3

For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof. As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.

Isaiah 31:4-5

In these verses we see two descriptive metaphors.

  1. Young Lion
    God compares Himself as a young, fierce lion facing some shepherds. The lion is not afraid of the shepherds. He is not scared of their shouting against him. He is not afraid of their staff or their sling. Notice when the comparison is made God is called the Lord of Hosts. This is a description of God as the God of armies. What will he do? He will fight for “mount Zion”, a name for Jerusalem and Israel.
  2. Flying Bird
    Mother birds are known to defend their young at all costs. As birds flying will do anything to defend their nest, so God will do what it takes to defend and deliver Jerusalem. He will deliver it, and He will preserve it.

God is a God who keeps his promises. He can be trusted. When we trust in Him, He will protect us. What is the best way to express our trust in God? Obedience. There is no trust in the presence of disobedience. We must trust God by turning to Him and obeying what He says. One Hymn writer put it this way:

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

• Is there a disobedience in your life that is showing a lack of trust in God?