GOD IS WITH US; HE IS IN CONTROL

Isaiah had two sons.  They were named to teach two principles.  “Speed the spoil; Hasten the booty” was the oldest son.  The principle was that Judah should not worry about whether they were invaded or not.  Instead, they were to remember that God was with them.  He limited the evil and used world powers to accomplish what He wanted to happen.  Isaiah predicted that their enemies, Syria and Israel, and Assyria would never conquer them, but a new kingdom would arise to take them over.  Their attitude should be to let it come!  God was always with His people and He never lost control of world events.  Look for this principle in Isaiah 7-12.

What are your enemies?  Joblessness?  A bad marriage?  Credit cards and credit ratings? Medical bills? Health? Aging issues? Worry over national events?  Isaiah tells you to treasure Immanuel, God with us. “Send it on; I’ll be okay because God is with me!”  Sing praises to Him because He is with you and is in control of your enemies.  In John 5:24, we are reminded that he who believes has passed from judgment to life. There is no condemnation to those who turn back to God and trust that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is sufficient to atone for their sins. They are “in Christ Jesus” and in His kingdom or and under His care, come what may (Romans 8:1).

Remember this snapshot of Isaiah with his two sons to remind you of the principle behind “Speed the Spoil; Hasten the booty.”

I hope this is your own spiritual experience already or from now on…

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before "retiring" to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies. My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years. Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, "Warm-hearted Calvinists."

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