“Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread. He will be a holy place; for both Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.” (Isaiah 8:12-14)
This is the message of the Lord God to His faithful people in Israel and I believe it is a message for us today. God does not want us to follow the ways of modern society. God’s people are to fear God alone, rather than all the fears of worldly people. God is the only righteous place of security for those who put their hope in Him. God allows the world to be deceived by its own pride and evil, full of fear they stumble in the dark and are crushed in the way they have chosen. God remains a faithful shelter to those who rely upon Him and follow Him. God has always wanted a division between the righteous and wicked; between His people Israel and idolatrous nations; between those who trust in Him and those who follow their own decisions; in those who believe in Yeshua and those who reject Him. Even at last, on the day of judgement God will separate the sheep from the goats and the wicked will be cast out into utter darkness while Believers will inherit the City of light where this is no more night. (Rev. 22:5)
Our natural tendency is to go along with everyone else, particularly as it is explained with facts to support their conclusions and recommendations. They make it easier to go along than to stay where we have stood in the faith of our fathers. Their perceptions, values, reasoning, judgments, slogans, standards, and ideals are beyond question and may not be refused under any circumstances. The time for debate has ceased, when there was doubt, it has been eliminated, there is but one way forward – their way. However, God remains Sovereign above Heaven and earth, He alone is to be feared, respected and regarded as Truth. Tension and pressure is not associated with good decisions, but rather peace and love are the attitudes of righteous insight.
“The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. “In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears… He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet… “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” (2 Samuel 22:5-7, 10, 17-20)