My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Isaiah 35:3,4.“Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”
MY Dear Brothers And Sisters, from the above context we see that God comforts those who are perturbed. He asks such people to be strong, and not to fear, For God will come with vengeance to save you. Many of you who are reading this message are perturbed in mind due to various reasons. May be because you need to repay a huge loan that you borrowed from the bank. Or maybe you need some money to pay your daughter’s college fees. But you are unable to get the needed amount on time. But God looks at you and says, “ God will come to save you.” So do not be perturbed. Because God will help you in some way or other. God is about to do four good things for you. Firstly He says, Be strong, Do not be afraid. Secondly God says, God will come with vengeance to help you. Thirdly He says, God will come to recompense. And fourthly He says, God will come to save you. This is the hope we have in God.
My Dear Brothers And Sisters, In the Bible we read about king Hezekiah, who walked right in the sight of God. His people trusted in the words of the king. It so happened that Sennacherib the king of Assyria, not only attacked Israel suddenly but also threatened the people and king Hezekiah. He challenged them that even their God Yahweh couldn’t help them and asked them to surrender to him rather than put their trust in their king, Hezekiah. Sennacherib told them that neither King Hezekiah nor their God could rescue them from his large army. The people of Israel were very perturbed. They were scared of him and lost hope in God and even went to the extent of surrendering themselves, to the Assyrian king, When Hezekiah called on his people and encouraged them by saying, ““Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”
My Dear Brothers And Sisters, Had King Hezekiah known earlier about the attack from Sennacherib and his army, he would have prepared his army or he would have asked help from other neighbouring kings to support him in his war with Sennacherib, but since he was attacked all so suddenly he couldn’t do any preparation for war. Neither could he face the enemy. So he cried out to God to help him. He said, “Now therefore, O Lord, our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth, may know that you are the Lord, You alone.”The Lord replied through Isaiah saying, “ Because you have prayed, to Me, against Sennacherib, king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city. Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: ‘He shall not come into this city, Nor shoot an arrow there ,Nor come before it with shield, Nor build a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, By the same shall he return; And he shall not come into this city,’ Says the Lord. ‘For I will defend this city, to save it. For My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’ ”Then the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria who boasted of his power, and his large army lost the battle, departed and went away, returned home in shame. Because God himself fought the battle for Israel.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, some problems might arise all of a sudden even in your lives. You would not have had sufficient time to even think as to what you should do to overcome such situation. You might say look everything happened within a blink of an eye. Suddenly someone might come and stand in front of you and demand money which you might have borrowed long time back. Someone might attack you suddenly on the roadside taking revenge on you due to some misunderstanding. Are you perturbed because of such situations. Do not fear. Just pray to God about your fear and that you need God’s help. Be bold the Lord will fight for you. You will stand still and see the glory of God. He will neither leave you nor forsake you. Just as God sent his angel to fight against Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, God will send an angel to fight for you. To protect you from your enemies to save you and help you live peacefully. David says, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in the Lord.” You also trust in the Lord and be blessed. God Bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Thank You, Father, for encouraging us to put our trust in you. Teach us to look up to God for help as king Hezekiah did. May we learn not to be perturbed for any reason. But to be bold and strong. Never to fear, but face every situation with the strength of God.