isaiah-8

Isaiah 8:11-13 Have No Fear #163

I attended a conference at our church this past weekend and Sheila Walsh was the speaker. She started by acknowledging the hard week our country was having and shared this verse which I thought was so powerful. Isaiah 8:11-13 says, “Indeed this is what the Lord told me. He took hold of me firmly and warned me not to act like these people: ‘Do not say, “Conspiracy,” every time these people say the word. Don’t be afraid of what scares them; don’t be terrified. You must recognize the authority of the Lord who commands armies. He is the one you must respect; he is the one you must fear.'”

Even though our country seems to be facing a lot of fear and turmoil, this is nothing new. Isaiah 8 references the affliction Judah was facing too. Isaiah and all the people in Judah were facing big giants which in turn brought on a lot of fear. They too were believing a “conspiracy” much like many are believing today about the president-elect. But, the Lord had a message for the people. He told them that they had nothing to fear.

The Lord is telling you this very same thing today. “Don’t be afraid; don’t be terrified.” Instead you are to recognize that the Lord has ALL authority. He doesn’t want you to put your fear in earthly people or things, but he wants you to respect and fear him.

Verse 14 goes on to say that the Lord will “become our sanctuary.” God should always be your place of protection. Don’t believe what the media and everyone around you is saying. Respect that God is still on the throne and knows what he is doing and trust him to be your safe place and sanctuary. 

Isaiah 8

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17 Comments
  • ellesees.net
    Posted at 08:39h, 14 November Reply

    Definitely putting my trust in Him during this time of turmoil!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 11:48h, 14 November Reply

    Perfect in this time where so many are feeling so fearful of our country & leaders

  • Kay
    Posted at 13:04h, 14 November Reply

    Love the verse you shared. How powerful!

  • Andi
    Posted at 13:09h, 14 November Reply

    God says He did NOT give us a spirit of fear….

  • Andi
    Posted at 13:12h, 14 November Reply

    God has NOT given us a spirit of fear!

  • Andi
    Posted at 13:17h, 14 November Reply

    God has not given us fear!

  • Kristi
    Posted at 13:19h, 14 November Reply

    Amen! There is nothing new under the sun and God should always be our refuge!

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 14:42h, 14 November Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this form your weekend, I think there is a lot of fear perpetuating more fear and I’m just trying to focus on knowing I’ve seen the ending and WE WIN.

  • Andi
    Posted at 15:46h, 14 November Reply

    ah, trying to not have any fear

  • Starla Jimenez
    Posted at 16:03h, 14 November Reply

    Great reminder! I bet that was an amazing conference!

  • Heather
    Posted at 20:04h, 14 November Reply

    It’s so important to trust God always.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 00:19h, 15 November Reply

    This is such wonderful advice! It is so hard to see the country so divided and in such turmoil, but praise the Lord, He will keep us in perfect peace if we keep our minds stayed upon Him. I can only stand to take in so much of the news…it is so very sad. May God have mercy and heal every hurting heart, and may He help us, as His church, to be peacemakers in every situation possible.

  • Jen Beltz
    Posted at 00:54h, 15 November Reply

    So good friend! Keep that truth coming!!

  • Tara
    Posted at 08:18h, 15 November Reply

    This is a good and timely reminder. I am so glad that knowing God brings peace to our hearts!

  • Scott LaPierre
    Posted at 13:27h, 15 November Reply

    Caroline,
    I appreciate the encouragement you’ve been providing your readers regarding the recent turmoil and confusion people are experiencing. Yes, if we keep our eyes fixed on the Lord, regardless of what happens in our nation – including the presidency – we can have peace.

  • Mary
    Posted at 16:10h, 15 November Reply

    Great post, thank you!

  • Bill Krafft
    Posted at 15:59h, 17 November Reply

    Caroline,

    Thank you. We know who is in control. While our country is divided, it would have been no less divided if the election had gone the other way. We need to focus not on fears. Not on our differences. We need to focus on what will bind us together. We need to choose to take actions that will bring us together.

    There needs to be less attention on one individual and some focus on ideas that will bridge the gap that has opened. We are not struggling with flesh and blood.

    Thank you for all of your words of encouragement.

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