Stand Firm in Faith

Harvey Heneveld

READ : Isaiah 7:1-9

King Ahaz had an impressive heritage. Both his grandfather, King Uzziah, and his father, King Jotham, did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. Both of these kings, in whose palace Ahaz grew up, were successful because they walked steadfastly before the Lord. When they sinned, the Lord rebuked them. When they were faithful, the Lord blessed them.

Great prophets like Amos, Hosea, Micah and Isaiah were in the prime of their ministries as Ahaz grew up. Isaiah was personally known to him around the palace. But when Ahaz faced a crisis, his heart was shaken “as the trees of the forest are shaken by the wind.” No one can rely on someone else’s faith. Ahaz could not trust in the fact that his father and grandfather had placed their faith in God and learned through their experiences how to walk with God. Nor could he trust in the faith of the prophets who worshiped with him. Ahaz himself had to trust in the Lord. Isaiah told him that if he did not stand firm in his own faith, he would not stand at all.

The same is true for us. We may have saints for parents and grandparents. We may be surrounded with spiritual giants when we worship. But unless we stand firm in our own faith, sooner or later a crisis will come that will reveal our lack of faith. Whose faith are you trusting in . . . your own or someone else’s?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus Christ, our faith in You must be our own. Help each of us to come to You personally. Amen.