In Isaiah’s day, while the Assyrians armies were approaching, the people of Israel had fallen so low spiritually speaking that to seek God’s help instead of seeking foreign aid seemed liked a conspiracy to them. The prophet warned them not to seek foreign assistance even though he was accused of conspiracy against the theocracy. What Isaiah was telling the people was that they should not have feared the approaching armies, but the LORD Himself.
Isaiah told the people:
“Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’
Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy,
Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.
13 The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow;
Let Him be your fear,
And let Him be your dread.
14 He will be as a sanctuary,
But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense
To both the houses of Israel,
As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
We suffer from the same spiritual blindness today. We should not say: “conspiracy” when it comes to our elections or our country. There may be conspiracies and voter fraud. But God is the one who raises up rulers and disposes of them at will. He is the One who placed the president in the White House. He is the One who placed the stumbling block in front of the people so they could not see what was best. He has His reasons for doing so.
I’m not sure what those reasons are, but I have a clue. As one friend pointed out to me yesterday, had Romney won the election, we as Christians might have been too tempted to look to him for the solutions to the problems in this country, and not the LORD. After all, it was the hope of many of us on the right that Romney would fix “it,” whatever the collective “it” was and is. Romney is not the fixer of “it.”
The LORD is. He is the One that brings peace. He is the One that provides wisdom. For far too long we have been trusting in our own strength and abilities to fix things and we are seeing the results of this today.
Just one anecdotal example: the Bush years. Remember that George W. had both houses of congress and did absolutely nothing to fix the problem of abortion. They didn’t even make an attempt to limit it. In fact, they were so busy trying to out Democrat, Democrats that… well, you were there and remember the results.
Congress is not going to fix the problem of abortion. Neither is the Supreme Court. Neither will they fix the problem of Obamacare, or immigration, or higher fuel costs, or high unemployment. If we want the blessings of all those things being turned around we must turn to the only One who can bring about those blessings.
The same was true in Isaiah’s day. The prophet said: The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow; let Him by your fear, and let Him be your dread. Of course, the people all cried out: “conspiracy!” “Turn to the LORD for our help? What is He going to do?”
We hear the same complaints today. But unless His people are willing to turn to Him, nothing will change. The foolishness that is our government will only continue to spread and grow until the Assyrians are at our door ready to remove our government for us, and give a new and more oppressive one.