“He will be the sure foundation for your times,
a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure”
Uncertainty is all around us. It can be seen between nations and within nations. It appears at all levels of society and across all aspects of life from economic affairs to climate change to personal standards of morality. There is no one who is seen to speak the relevant words of truth with clarity, integrity and acceptance. On the contrary we are often faced with lies, corruption and political expediency.
Pilate asked of Jesus, “What is truth?” Jesus did not reply for the answer was staring Pilate straight in the face if He would but see it – or Him. For as Jesus had already taught His disciples, “I am .. the Truth” In fact He said, ‘I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.”(John 14:6) All and everything that we need is found in Him.
Now look again at Isaiah’s prophecy.
- He is the sure foundation
- For our times
- A rich store of salvation – and wisdom – and knowledge
Here is exactly what we need in these times of uncertainty and social, national and international upheaval. And the glory of it is that the answer is not to be found in an impersonal statement of a truth but in a Person. What is more this particular Person has already demonstrated both His great love and His absolute power and authority in the realms of human life and spiritual life.
How then do we tap into this treasure? The Lord Himself has given us the answer through His prophet.
“the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure”
Fear in this case does not mean terror. It is the total recognition and acceptance of the Majesty, Power, Authority and Holiness of the Lord God Almighty. It is that which brings us to our knees before Him in submission, worship and obedience. This is what the Psalmist meant when he wrote,
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10)
Jesus Christ is our Truth in these times. He is the Rock of our salvation on whom we are, through faith, building our spiritual lives and eternal hope. Nothing can move it or separate us from this Rock, no matter how vicious or desperate the storms of life may prove to be.
“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:25)
In Him we will begin to find the wisdom and knowledge with which to deal with our personal and public lives and to help and strengthen others too. Much of it will be to trust in Him for the areas that are beyond our control, strength and ability. For
“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Lord God I do believe and trust in You. Please help me to really do so at all times particularly when I begin to wobble and feel insecure and very lonely. Amen.