“Do not be afraid because of the words you have heard…
Opossums are funny little creatures. Partly because their name is spelled funny – what is with the ‘o’ at the beginning!? They have a reputation for playing dead when they are scared. At least that is what I have always believed about them, until I cornered one. It was dark and my dogs were barking like crazy. When I went to see what was going on I found an opossum cornered under the stairs of our deck near a corner of our house. It did not play dead, that ugly little creature was ready to fight. Growling, teeth showing, I mean he was ready to attack. There was no playing dead! Have you ever found yourself backed into a corner and not sure what to do about?
In Isaiah 37 we read about a man named Hezekiah who found himself backed into such a corner and people on every side telling him what to do about it. None of them were very positive and some basically telling him it’s over, you’re finished, just give up. What a tough spot to be in, when we want out, but don’t know how to get out, and it seems like there are not very many people willing to help us get out.
It was in that moment Isaiah sent him a message, it was a simple one. He said, don’t be afraid, you are going to be ok. God has heard you and He will be with you. That is a pretty encouraging word when you find yourself stuck in battle you see no way out of. With that, Hezekiah went to God in prayer and basically laid his entire situation at God’s feet and said here you go. This is it, my problem is yours, lead me through. Hezekiah was lead to victory.
You might find yourself in a corner today and I want to say the same thing to you that Isaiah said to Hezekiah – do not be afraid, God has heard you, and God is with you. Surrender your situation to Him and watch Him be glorified in the midst of it. Victory is yours today in Jesus. Trust Him and pray to Him, He will be with you.
Pastor Matt Huff leads Portland Central Nazarene Church. He loves being in ministry and seeing lives transformed by the power of Christ.