Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. ~Isaiah 12:2
Trust is our ability to believe that something promised will occur. It is the belief that someone who has pledged his help to you will not fail you. Trust is a little child who places his hand into that of his mother’s, that she will not let him go. Trust is what we exercise when we board a commercial aircraft expecting to travel from point A to point B. It is the money we deposit in a bank, believing that as we go to sleep at night, it is safe. Our scripture this morning encourages us to “trust, and not be afraid.”
We see a public declaration.
“Behold, God is my salvation.” This declaration is emphatically and unashamedly telling everyone that God alone is our salvation. It is letting people know that our hope is in the Lord. It is the testimony of the soul that has been set free from sin. Salvation means being delivered from danger and destruction. Behold, God is my salvation! He is the only way to heaven. He is the one and only source for the forgiveness of my sins. He alone is the only one who keeps me and saves me.
We see a personal decision.
“I will trust, and not be afraid.” Dwight L. Moody’s favorite verse was Isaiah 12:2: “I will trust, and not be afraid.” He used to say: “You can travel first class or second class to heaven. Second class is, ‘What time I am afraid, I will trust.’ First class is, ‘I will trust, and not be afraid.’ ” “That is the better way. Why not buy a first-class ticket?” This is a complete and total trust in God regardless of the winds of adversity, the storms that batter us, the lightning that is flashing near us, the enemy who is breathing down our neck, and circumstances that appear to have us shut in. This is absolute trust! It is the decision of a Christian who knows God is in control and will not allow the situation to overwhelm him into fear and discouragement.
We see a powerful durability.
“For the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song.” When we can say, “I will trust, and not be afraid,” we are at the place where we acknowledge the Lord as our strength. He is our strength when we are weak. He is our strength at all times. He is our strength when we are outnumbered. He is our strength when the enemy is taunting us. He is our strength when we are completely exhausted and feel like we have no ability to go on. It is when like Paul we can say, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Don’t let a Red Sea make you cower in fear: the Lord is your strength and song! Don’t let a towering wall of Jericho make you feel like you can’t make it through: the Lord is your strength and song! Don’t let the burden of carrying your cross make you put it down: the Lord is your strength and song.
We see a perpetual destiny.
“He also is become my salvation.” God is our only Savior! When we trust in the Lord for our salvation, heaven is our guaranteed destination when we leave this life. Jesus said he is preparing a place for us, that where he is at, there we may be also. Paul said, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” God has given to us eternal life, and no man can pluck us out of his hand. Our destiny after this life is settled, guaranteed, and forever!
When we think about the words of our Lord in from Isa. 12:2, there is no reason to be afraid. Take a new step forward in your faith walk. I will trust and not be afraid!
Have a fearless God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Mark 8-9