"If Ye Will Not Believe, Surely Ye Shall Not Be Established"
This word of God given
by Isaiah to wicked king Ahaz was recorded for our learning and admoniton.
Unbelief caused Ahaz to disregard God's word and lean upon the arm of the
flesh. The result of his unbelief was destruction. Because he would not believe
God, he could not be established in the
HERE IS A WORD OF
WARNING TO EVERY UNBELIEVER. If you will not believe God, you shall not be
established in the
YET THIS WORD FROM GOD MAY CERTAINLY BE APPLIED TO ALL HIS CHILDREN. Everything in God's house is given to faith. But, "if ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established."In all things spiritual, our instability must be traced to our unbelief. If you will not believe you will not be established IN COMFORT (John 14:1-3), IN DOCTRINE (Eph.4:13-16),IN HOPE (Tit.2:11-14),IN CONSE- CRATION (Lk.14:25-33),or IN USEFULNESS (Zeph.3: 15-17; I Cor.15:58).Faith gives stability to God's saints in this world.Unbelief makes us unstable,wavering, and hesitant.
AND OUR UNBELIEF IS INEXCUSABLE. God has proved his truth and faithfulness to us. Has he not? His goodness cannot be questioned.Yet,we often question his goodness! His providence cannot be doubted.Yet, we often doubt his providence!His grace cannot be denied. Yet,we often deny his grace! Though we are redeemed by the blood of Christ and born again by his Spirit, there is yet within us an evil nature, a perverse will, and a wicked heart of unbelief. LET US CONFESS OUR SIN. I see nothing in this world so evil as the unbelief of my own heart. Even my faith is full of unbelief. Even my faith is sin! HOW WE OUGHT TO REJOICE THAT OUR SALVATION DEPENDS NOT UPON US, NOT EVEN UPON OUR FAITH, BUT UPON THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST! Yes, faith is necessary. We cannot be saved without it. But our faith looks to Christ alone for grace. MAY GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT BE PLEASED TO BOTH SUBDUE OUR SINFUL NATURE AND INCREASE OUR FAITH. We might well pray, "Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief!"