“I (God) create the blacksmith who fires up his forge and makes a weapon designed to kill. I also create the destroyer-but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar. This is what God’s servants can expect. I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.” Isaiah 54:16,17
“No weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged.” You are invincible.
These verses wrecked me this morning. God acknowledges that He created people with the ability and talent to create weapons that can hurt others, but in the same breath, He says no weapon has been made that is able to hurt us.
Obviously, He’s talking about more than physical weapons or our physical safety, because there have been plenty of people hurt over the centuries by weapons of many different kinds.
He’s talking about our soul’s health. Nothing that comes against us is able to take out our souls. Unless we let it, of course! We have that choice. But His plan is for us to live lives that absolutely shine with His power and love and confidence in who He created us to be!
He tells us that as believers, we can expect that every situation of our lives is going to work out for our best. That doesn’t mean that we will never see any weapons coming at us-weapons of doubt, accusation, fear, disappointment, difficulty, etc. It doesn’t mean that we will never have to go to war and fight for what He is leading us into. Remember how many battles the Israelites fought before they occupied their inheritance? If they wouldn’t have had to fight to receive their inheritance, they wouldn’t have been equipped to keep it!
I think that’s one way that He’s always working things out for our best.
God takes difficult circumstances and uses them to purify and prune us so that we are better equipped to partner with Him.
Weapons coming against us are like the workouts and drills that coaches do with the teams they are coaching. The coach knows that in order to be at his peak performance, each member of his team is going to need to face resistance to become stronger mentally and physically.
God never intends for difficulties to cause us to give up, to turn around, or to stop living. He allows them to come to us to encourage us to ask better questions, to see our own blind spots, and to become more like Him in the way we live. He made a way for us to be invincible.
He’s PROMISED that nothing coming against His plan for us can succeed. Are we living like we believe that?
When have you felt like the hard times coming at you were too difficult to be worked out for good?