God Above You is Greater than any Enemy Against You (Isaiah 54:17)
Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
God not only controls but He conquers. No enemy will overpower if God stops them. God's people can comfort and encourage themselves in knowing that God will conquer evil. Evil will not prevail though it looks difficult and invincible to man. The day is coming when no nation will attack Israel. There will not even be the threat of such (“…every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn”). This will be the legacy of God’s people in that day. Their righteousness will be of God.
· Pharaoh thought he had the nation of Israel trapped at the Red Sea, but God parted the waters for His people to cross in safety. When Pharaoh and his army crossed, they were drowned by the Lord.
· Those who mocked Noah while he constructed the Ark drowned when the rain and flood finally came. They realized that God's warning was true, but it was too late.
· Haman's plan to destroy the Jews backfired in his face. The gallows he prepared for Mordecai was the tool of his execution. The law that he convinced the king to sign was countered by another law that enabled the Jewish people to defend themselves and destroy their enemies. A destructive law spawned by an ungodly man who thought he was so smart ended up being an opportunity of deliverance.
· The men that conspired against Daniel to put him to death by execution in the den of lions ended up being on the menu instead of Daniel after God miraculously closed the mouths of the lions.
· Absalom conspired against his father David to destroy him and almost succeeded, but Absalom did not learn the importance of a haircut and the importance of ducking when riding under trees. Caught in the limbs of a tree, he was executed by Joab.
· King Nebuchadnezzar was warned to repent of his sins. His arrogance, however, caused him to ignore those warnings and take glory for what God enabled him to do. God took away the king's sanity and he lived in the fields like a wild ox for seven years before the Lord restored his mind and he gave God the glory due to Him.
In great victory, God proved He is Lord to the Egyptians and to His own people who saw the great work of God. He saved His people. He removed His enemies. He improved the defense capabilities of His people with weapons. The Lord moved His people through an overwhelming obstacle. The Hebrews had confidence in God for they did not run in a panic, but walked across in faith. The Egyptians reaped their sown seeds. God avenged the blood of the firstborn Jewish babies who were drowned hundreds of years earlier. Egypt destroyed the helpless ones and then they become helpless, losing their defenses.
The Lord will not allow the weapon formed against His servants to prosper. Sometimes this means the Lord takes the weapon out of the hand of the enemy. Sometimes it means that God allows the weapon to strike, but brings a greater good out of it than the pain of the immediate blow. In allowing this, God will not allow the weapon to prosper, but transforms the enemy’s sword into a trowel for building His kingdom. The citizens of the New Jerusalem will be protected. No nation will be allowed to defeat God’s people when Christ establishes God’s kingdom on earth. In fact, no nation will be allowed to assemble for the purpose of waging war. In the past, God raised up and used the nations as His agents to execute justice in the world. But in the Messiah’s kingdom, God will not allow an attack against His people. No weapon will be forged to be used in war. Not even a verbal attack will be allowed against God’s people. Peace will rule within the hearts and minds of people and within their social relationships. God will personally protect His people.
Even today, God promises security to His people. He promises to protect those who truly believe and follow Him. In all trials and sufferings God is present with His people. He carries them or walks with them through every possible hardship if they call upon him. Even when they face death, He promises to be with them and to transfer them into His presence. Quicker than the eye can blink, true believers are taken from this earth into the presence of God Himself.
PRAYER: LORD, I come to You asking for power and protection. You know my enemies’ strategies and tactics. I know it’s because I’m a follower of Your Son Jesus that all these things are against me. I trust in You. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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