“…the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.” Isaiah 9:4b-5
Israel was outmanned and outmatched as the flood of Assyria’s army swept over them. They were “broken” and “shattered” (Isaiah 8:9) by the oppressive power of this foreign enemy.
But things would not stay in such desperate shape. Isaiah declares that God will eventually intervene in order to break “the rod of his oppressor.” The weapons of the enemy would be shattered, as an angry baseball player shatters his bat over his knee after a strike out. Assyria will oppress and beat down Israel no more. Furthermore, every evidence of war will be burnt up. Isaiah says the tramping boots and the bloody war garments “will be burned as fuel for the fire.”
Life can feel like a battle, and our spiritual life certainly is a battle (Ephesians [6:12]). However, we can know that this battle will end. When it does, our enemy’s weapons will be broken and Christ will sit on the throne.
What in life feels like a battle for you? How is that specific battle impacted by the ultimate victory that is ours in Christ? Take heart that our enemy, like the Assyrians, will not prevail in the end.
Lord God, you are faithful to the end. Right now, life can feel brutal at times. The enemy’s power is evident. You, however, will destroy his weapons and bring me into the security of your presence. Fill me with hope until then. Amen.
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