“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.
Say It Again
I know you’ve heard someone spouting off the infamous verse from Isaiah when things weren’t quite going their way. I know I’ve shouted it from time to time. But here are my thoughts as of late (Natasha I love you, lol):
We candy-coat, butter-up, down-play, cover with euphemisms all the reality of the scriptures. We keep trying to make God some kind of genie, expecting Him to grant wishes or fulfill His scriptural promises with minimum to no pain on our end. Why do we do that?
That’s what I really like about the explanation of Isaiah that you are about to read below. Whoever this is really wants us to understand “no pain, no gain.” Take a look…
The Servant Writes:
There are so many times in our lives where we feel as if there are enemies around every corner. We feel as if there are people out there seeking to harm us – mentally, physically and most importantly, spiritually. I hate to confirm this, but there are. There are people out there who wish harm on you; say awful things about your character; will gossip; will lie; will cheat and steal from you, or on you. Their actions (these weapons) will hurt, will discourage and cause discomfort…
…BUT they will not prosper.
He [God] isn’t just speaking about guns and knives. He is speaking of any tool used to inflict emotional, physical or spiritual harm upon you. He didn’t promise they wouldn’t hurt you. Nowhere in here [Isaiah 54:17] does it say they [the weapons] won’t affect you. No. He says they will not prosper. They will not find success in truly harming or destroying you. You will come out with a few scars; but, stronger, wiser and more connected with the Lord. Look for that connection now; tap into that strength to get you through the battle, because you know through God you have already won the war.
Wasn’t it God that said He would be your Sword and Shield? Let’s get ready for battle…
Blessed are you, O Israel!
Who is like you,
a people saved by the LORD ?
He is your shield and helper
and your glorious sword.
Your enemies will cower before you,
and you will trample down their high places.
and don’t forget
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
You haven’t thrown in the towel yet, have you? I haven’t either.
And here’s just a small piece of advice my Aunt Jasmene left for me on facebook earlier today:
What helps me is when i realize that except for His Grace, i’d be just like them…(actually probably worse) continue to pray for them, that His love will shine through you to them, in spite of what they may “think” they are doing…though i must confess, it can sometimes get on ones last nerve, but when i turn to prayer, my troubles are soothed, so that i can go on living for Him!