I’m just thinking out loud.
You know the scripture in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper?” What does that mean to you? It’s an important question because some lose faith in God when things don’t go as they had planned.
In the past, I have interpreted that scripture as such: no matter how someone attempts to harm me, it won’t work. But that can’t be the case.
Yesterday I was reading the story of Stephen (Acts 6:8 – 8:1) the first martyr of the early church. The Bible describes Him as “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.” Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen who began to argue with Stephen, but they were no match for his God-given wisdom. Therefore, they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.” And it worked; Stephen was arrested and subsequently stoned.
So if my interpretation of Isaiah 54:17 holds any weight Stephen should have been exonerated of any wrong doing and freed, but he wasn’t. Obeying God can carry a high cost.
That reality is unsettling and it’s a tough pill to swallow, but if we are to live surrendered before the Lord we have to trust Him; even with our lives. Jesus, Paul, Peter, and Martin Luther King Jr. did and what a legacy they left! I am learning that those who live without fear of death become great in life and God gets all the glory.
If you are struggling in your faith today remember that God is sovereign and His Word does not return to Him void. Although everything works out for your good (Romans 8:28) that doesn’t mean that everything works out the way you would like.
So what does Isaiah 54:17 mean to me now?
When a weapon is formed against me, it may harm me (personally) but ultimately God gets the glory and we (the Christian believers) win. Good always wins over evil; love always conquers hate.
What do you think? How have you come to understand Isaiah 54:17? I would love to hear from you.
With God all things are possible,
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