By Gloria Turner, SBS student
In the School of Biblical Studies, we have been studying through the Prophets. These prophets were sent by God to speak to His people. A prophet would prophesy about God’s coming judgement because of people’s sin. But God also gives His people the promise of redemption, which was hope for the faithful during their judgement.
Recently, we studied the book of Isaiah which was written for the people of Judah. The message of Isaiah is largely focused on the importance of trusting in the Lord alone for salvation. Isaiah is prophesying to warn Judah of coming judgement if they continue to walk in disobedience to the covenant, committing idolatry. The original readers of Isaiah experienced some of this judgement fulfilled, first-hand. They would have seen how God was faithful to keep His word, so they could also trust in His promise of salvation.
This theme of trusting in the Lord for salvation amid their judgement is present throughout the book of Isaiah. The people of Judah were not to trust in other nations, gods, or wealth, but in the Lord alone for their physical and spiritual salvation. Only the Lord can save them. He is the faithful Protector, Comforter, Redeemer, Saviour, and King. We also are to trust in the Lord for our salvation, found in Him alone.
While studying Isaiah, I saw how understanding the character and supremacy of God is what sustains us to trust in Him. We can trust Him in every situation, knowing we are secure in Him who is our salvation.
This was highlighted to me in Isaiah 51:12-13 which says,
“I, I Myself, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you are afraid of mortal man, and a son of man who is made like grass, that you have forgotten the Lord your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, that you fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, as he makes ready to destroy? And where is the rage of the oppressor?”
The Lord is telling the people of Judah to trust in His righteousness and salvation rather than fear their oppressors. He calls them out on their fear as they have forgotten who He is as Maker. The people of Judah were fearing man rather than turning to the Lord for comfort and salvation. They’ve forgotten that the Lord is Sovereign over all, and has power over their enemies.
Therefore, when fear comes, it is a result of a lack of trust in God and forgetting His character. It reveals that our eyes need to be fixed back on Him who is our King and Saviour. This challenged me to see where I have allowed fear to replace my trust in the Lord. To ask questions like, Where do I have fear in my life? What does this reveal about my perspective of God? How can I take the steps to trust God in this area?
As I look back on my own walk with the Lord, I see how my trust in Him has grown alongside my understanding of who He is. The gospel and the character of God has become so much clearer to me over these past months in the School of Biblical Studies. The Lord was faithful, gracious, just, Protector, Redeemer, Father, and Saviour to His people throughout the whole Bible. And He is the same God today. The Lord has fulfilled His promise of salvation through the Suffering Servant of whom Isaiah prophesied. Jesus is this Suffering Servant, the Saviour to all people who have faith and repent. No longer are we subject to fear of death because of our sin.
“Then you will say on that day, ‘I will give thanks to You, Lord: For although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation'” (Isaiah 12:1-2).