Have you been intimidated by something someone said or did to you? Did it cause you pain or anxiety?
Remember that they are mere mortals. Please don’t forget. This is what God’s word says:
“Hear me, you who know what is right,
you people who have taken my instruction to heart:
Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals
or be terrified by their insults. Isaiah 51:7
People are mere mortals while each one of us is a child of the living God Himself. God Himself tells us (through the prophet Isaiah) not to be afraid of the disapproval, the opposition and the insult of mere men, people who are mortals in the sight of a mighty and eternal God.
This is what God’s word says further about the reproach of mere mortals and their insults.
For the moth will eat them up like a garment;
the worm will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever,
my salvation through all generations.” Isaiah 51:8
God is righteous and just. He saves and his righteousness and salvation last forever. He is forever faithful and reliable. He never changes, his faithfulness is unquestionable and unshakeable.
Verses 9-11 of the same chapter talk of the very arm of the Lord which saved the Israelites from the clutches of the cruel Pharaoh and made way for them to walk from the midst of the Red sea by drying up the great depths. So powerful is His arm.
Those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away. Isaiah 51:11
Those who trust the Lord and wait on his salvation are eventually rewarded with gladness and joy that overtakes them! Scriptures say ‘sorrow and sighing will flee away’. What blessed hope to look forward to! If you wonder if these words sound too good to be true, remember:
Isaiah 40:8 says “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.’’
Carefully consider the below verses. Our mighty God again lovingly, yet strongly exhorts us:
12 “I, even I, am he who comforts you.
Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
human beings who are but grass,
13 that you forget the Lord your Maker,
who stretches out the heavens
and who lays the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terror every day
because of the wrath of the oppressor,
who is bent on destruction?
For where is the wrath of the oppressor?
14 The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;
they will not die in their dungeon,
nor will they lack bread.
15 For I am the Lord your God,
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—
the Lord Almighty is his name.
16 I have put my words in your mouth
and covered you with the shadow of my hand—
I who set the heavens in place,
who laid the foundations of the earth,
and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”
God repeatedly exhorts His People – US, and asks us why we are intimidated by mere mortals.
He questions us to think of who we are and that we don’t need to live in fear every day. He asks how we could forget Him? Aren’t we the children of the most High? He questions ‘Where is the wrath of the oppressor?’
He reminds us time and again about His great power, the great works of His hands, how he created the heavens and the earth. How he ‘Stirs up!’ the sea so its waves roar!! How magnificent and beautiful are the works of His hands… And these are just a couple of examples of the many things God has created and ordained.
He reminds us that his name is the Lord Almighty! And the name is apt for His might and fits no other!
And he lovingly tells us that we are HIS people and that he has covered us with the shadow of His hand. He protects us. If God is for us, who can be against us?
What’s more is that God says that He, even HE is Our Comforter. What a loving God we have!
Let us cling to him, trust Him and rest in His love, truth and comfort. Let us seek to honor this Almighty God with our lives.