The Lord is Our Defender

“For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob. And the peoples will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them in the LORD’s land as male and female slaves. They will take captive those who were their captors, and rule over those who oppressed them.” Isaiah 14:1-2 (ESV)

The Lord is our defender. Sometimes in the midst of what we see to be injustice, we try to take matters into our own hands and fix the situation on our own. This kind of mentality, however, fails to appreciate the sovereignty of God and his orchestrating of all things for His glory and our good. If we are able to get ourselves out of a troubling situation, then we receive the glory for it. If, however, we rely upon the Lord to deliver us and He does so miraculously, in ways we could have never even imagined, then He alone receives the glory.

Do you allow the Lord to defend you, or do you try to defend yourself? When someone says something negative against you, do you try to explain it away or are you so blameless in the situation that people will eventually come to see the falsity of those statements? Are you so secure in the Lord, that fixing the words of people takes a back seat to pleasing the Lord?

We must be careful to not “defend” ourselves out of learning what God is trying to teach us in difficult moments. Rather, in the midst of these times, continue to seek the Lord and trust that when the time is right He will deliver you and, further, have made you a better follower of Christ.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 197:  Isaiah 13-17)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Isaiah, Justice, Sovereignty.
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