Read Isaiah 12
Focus on verse 2
I once taught beginning archery at a summer camp for young children. One of the things we taught them was how to develop a consistent anchor point. The anchor point is the point to which one draws the string of the bow back before releasing the arrow. If the anchor point is consistent the archer can align the string along the side of the bow to a spot on or near the target that will result in accurate and consistent shooting.
Spiritually it is also helpful to have an anchor point to which we return with regularity in order to live our lives in a manner that moves us forward toward our purpose or goal. In today’s reading Isaiah writes, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” (v. 2)
Life has its ups and downs, times when we feel like God has abandoned us or is angry with us. It is helpful at all times to remember that God is consistent. His love never fails, and He will never abandon us, although He will allow us to reject Him if we choose to do so. In the verse prior to the one quoted above, Isaiah describes the perceived feelings of the people suggesting that they felt God had abandoned them because He was angry with them, yet that they understood that God had returned now to comfort them in their plight. This realization motivates them to place their trust more fully upon God as their only avenue of salvation, which is the only possible solution as there is no other legitimate source of salvation for us.
When we come to the place where we understand that trusting in God is the only way to eliminate our fear, we have made a huge step in our spiritual walk in terms of growth and maturity. When we are not longer afraid, the enemy (who uses fear to manipulate us) loses control of us, and God gains control of us. Personally I’d rather be under the control of God than of the devil, but that’s just me. You have the option to choose whom you would rather be manipulated by, but do not be deceived…as the old Bob Dylan song goes…one way or another, “you gotta serve somebody, it might be the devil or it might be the Lord, but you gotta serve somebody!”