Promise of Deliverance and Comfort

Bible Reading: Isaiah 10; 11; 12; 2 Chronicles 28:5-21

God's purpose in sending the Assyrian army against Judah was not to destroy his people but to humble them so that they would return to him and "truly rely" on him (2C 28:19; Is. 10:6-7, 20-23). Though the king of Assyria boasted of his control over Jerusalem, he was simply a tool in the hands of God (10:5-19). God said of him, as he could say of any of us, "Does the ax raise itself above him who swings it, or the saw boast against him who uses it?" (10:15).

Before God used his tool of discipline, he encouraged the people of Judah, "Do not be afraid of the Assyrians.... Very soon my anger against you will end.... In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck" (10:24-27). He promised to one day bring peace and justice into the world through the line of David (Jesus). He assured them that they would one day praise him for his comfort and deliverance, and joyfully draw water from the wells of salvation (12:1-6).

Lord, thank you that, even when I fail you miserably, you seek, not to destroy me, but to humble me and draw me back into your arms of love. Help me, not to run from you, but to rely on you for strength and comfort. When I must endure hardship, give me a string of hope that I can hang onto, that will pull me through the trial. Give me a glimpse of your purpose that will allow me to see past my present pain, to a day of joy and deliverance, when I will say, "I will praise you, O Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy...." (12:1-6).

"The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him--the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord" (11:2-4).

This same Holy Spirit of God that rested on Jesus, rests upon his children today!* After Jesus bodily left this world, he sent a "Comforter" – the Holy Spirit – to indwell the hearts of believers and guide us "into all truth" (John 16:13). May we open our hearts and minds to access the rich storehouse of his wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge and reverence that dwells within us.

*John 14:16-18, 25-27; 16:7-15; Romans 8:8-28; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14