Advent Devotional – Thursday, December 8, 2016 – Fear: One Of Our Greatest Temptations
7 And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it. 2 And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.3 Then said the Lord unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shear-jashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field; 4 and say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah. 5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying, 6 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal: 7 thus saith the Lord God, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass. 8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people. 9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established. – Isaiah 7: 1-9
When things go majorly wrong in our lives, we so easily give our minds over to fear and lose faith that the God of the universe will keep His promises to take care of us and be with us every step of the way. I believe fear is one of the greatest temptations we Christians face, though we don‘t often think of fear as a temptation or sin. Yet it is because it can cause us to turn from God and rely on our strength and actions, and this breaks God‘s heart because it says we don‘t truly trust Him all the way.
So I encourage you the next time you or a loved one faces a serious illness, loses a job, or encounters some other situation that frightens you to the core, turn FIRST to God and let Him show you His power and how trustworthy He is by taking His hand and surrendering to His plan. For just as the last sentence of this scripture says, ―If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.