God’s faithfulness in our faithlessness
Faith is a problem.
You get all the data. You face the facts. You make charts. You gather people around to describe reality as you see it. It is becoming clear what is happening. Perhaps it is getting clearer on what you should do. Then someone asks the question, “What faith is required here?” Then silence hits the room. The data was pulling everyone one direction and then this question of faith stops everyone in their track.
The author of Hebrews tells us plainly, “without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God” (Heb. 11:6). What a strange way to base a relationship. He didn’t say, “without facts it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God.” No he said, “without faith”. Faith demands that God’s character and promises be trusted over all other earthly circumstances.
That is what we see the prophet Isaiah attempt to do to King Ahaz in Isaiah 7. With surrounding armies on Jerusalem and the end of the city imminent, Isaiah and his son confront the beleaguered king’s faith and encourage him to trust God.
Isaiah 7:9 – “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”
The test is on: God’s faithfulness amidst our faithlessness. But God…look at that army. But God…I can buy my way out of this. But God…if I don’t do something people will not follow me. But God… We have all been there and many of are probably there right now. This Sunday, as we continue in our Jesus 365 series and look into the book of Isaiah, we will see how our story fits into God’s grander narrative.