Isaiah 54:14 “In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.” (KJV)
It is when we are in Christ, knowing our eternity is secure, we find ourselves handling oppression, FEAR, and anything that would otherwise terrorize us (like the thought of hell or living through hell on earth) that we come to comprehend it is not there is nothing to endure, but the impact of all that comes into our lives cannot really harm us. Somehow, even while enduring oppression, terror, and fear we are insulated from the full effects on our minds, and spirits because we know we are covered by the love of God, through Christ. I can stand strong because of Christ. Death and hell has no victory. Despite overwhelming heartache even at this very moment, gaping holes in our souls, we remain secure because we are being carried by the ONE who knows the way through the icy darkness and is sheltering us in His arms. This is being established in righteousness, His righteousness. This is the protection from oppression, fear, terror. These menacing trials cannot come near enough to harm me.
I wish this verse meant I would not have ANY oppression, fear, or terror. It does not. Scripture tell us “in this world you WILL have tribulation.” (John 16:33) There is a time for everything under heaven: a time to be born, a time to die; a time to build and a time to tear down; (Ecclessiastes 3:1-15).
(bet you didn’t know that 70’s music quoted Scripture!)
We tend to learn more from trials than times of ease. Sad but true.
But this we know: They that wait upon the Lord…….(Isaiah 40:28-31)
Buoyed even in icy waters and darkness,