The Word Will Prosper, Weapons Will Not
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; Isaiah 54:17
There are those times when everything seems to go wrong. People, who we thought were for us suddenly aren't. Relationships and friendships seem to vaporize into thin air. We lose so many things that we thought for sure were ours. We lose jobs, we lose possessions. We lose loved ones and become acquainted with disease and death which leave us devastated. We ask ourselves and even God, "Why does life have to be so hard?"
At times like this is when we have to believe all the promises of God. Even though so many things seem to come against us, we know the weapons that are formed against us in the end - they will not prosper. For we know that God is for us and if God be for us, who can be against us? Even if we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we know God is still right there with us ready to comfort us.
The verse in Isaiah that promises that formed weapons will not prosper is a familiar one that most of us quote pretty often, especially when we are in the middle of a battle. Today I read all of Isaiah 54 again. At the beginning of the chapter, the "thee" that is addressed in this verse is identified as one barren who did not bear. How often do we feel barren and empty as the enemy attempts to steal all our dreams and hopes? He whispers in our ears and tries to tell us that nothing good will ever come from us. But instead of satan's lies, we have all the promises of God that we must rely on in barren times, in lonely times, in hard times.
In Verse 11 the afflicted and not comforted are addressed. Not comforted is how we feel sometimes when we feel that God has forgotten us, even though we know through His Word that He hasn't. When it seems as if everyone in the whole world has gathered against us, we are promised that they will fall.
So weapons won't prosper. People who are against us will fall. It sounds like God has this battle covered, doesn't it? Why are we down and out?