If you do not stand firm in your faith,
you will not stand at all.
Observation - What does it say?
The kingdom was divided into Israel (the 10 tribes making up the northern kingdom) and Judah (the 2 tribes making up the southern kingdom). Ahaz, the king of Judah got word that the northern kingdom of Israel and Syria were coming to attack him. God has Isaiah bring his son and meet Ahaz in a public place to declare to him the promise that God will deliver Judah. And at the end of this declaration, Isaiah makes the statement that if Ahaz doesn’t stand firm in his faith in God, he wouldn’t stand at all.
Understanding - What does it mean?
Our faith in God is the only sure ground we have to stand on.
Anyone who fails to trust God or who looks to trust something or someone else instead will absolutely fall. All throughout the prophetic books in scripture, kings are confronted by God for putting their trust in other kings for help instead of God. Relying on them is likened to leaning on a splintered reed.
Look, I know you are depending on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him.
Jesus told a parable of two builders. Those who heard God’s words and put them into practice were like the wise builder who built his house upon a rock. Those who didn’t were like the foolish builder who built his house on the sand. The storm came and washed the foolish man’s house away while the wise man’s house stood firm because of it's solid foundation. The storms and problems and trials will come, but only those who stand firm in their faith in God and his word will stand firm. God and his word is not one rock of many that could provide a sure foundation. He is the only sure foundation, the only rock firm enough to build our lives upon.
Evaluate my faith. Am I standing firm in my faith or am I wavering in doubt regarding God or his promises? Am I standing firm in my faith or am I leaning on my own understanding or something or someone else?
God, fill us with faith! Ahaz was confronted with what appeared to be a huge problem threatening his kingdom and his very life, and his faith in you was the only sure thing he had to stand on. As we are confronted with life’s challenges, may we seek your face first! May we have the kind of faith in you that results in us carrying the deepest peace and causes us to rejoice and overflow with love regardless of our circumstances.