For I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children.” Is. 49:25b
In our study last week, we discovered the power available to us when we exchange our human weakness for God’s inexhaustible strength. Declaring our total dependence on God moves believers from doubt and fear to confidence and trust. This confidence is strengthened by the reality that we have a God who contend on our behalf.
In most Old Testament texts, contend refers to fighting or strife between two persons. The Prophet Jeremiah pleaded with God to reverse His decision to punish Judah with exile: Give heed to me, O LORD, and listen to the voice of those who content with me! (Jer. 18:19)
In other biblical writings, contend is used in reference to a legal argument or defense. In Ps. 35:1, 23 the psalmist is asking the Lord to enter the case and act as their advocate. Such is the case in John’s epistle as he reminds this new church that they have a “heavenly Advocate” who stands before the throne of God and contends for His saints (1 John 2:1).
Our text today is found in the section of Isaiah known as the “Prophecies of Comfort”. Israel and Judah’s disobedience was a major offense to God throughout their national history. Upon hearing Isaiah’s pronouncement of judgment, the people tried to shift blame to God by accusing Him of “forsaking them” (v.14); but Isaiah would not engage in their excuses but would instead comfort them with God’s promise of the coming Messiah and hope of restoration. God would contend for Israel and Judah, even while they were in exile and bring them and their families back to their native land. Those nations who had been enemies of Zion would receive judgment for their crimes and ultimately destroyed. God would contend for Zion because of His promises and because of His great love for them (Deut. 7:7,8).
Before the foundation of the earth God was contending for us (Ps. 139:15, 16). God contends for us through His everlasting love (Jer. 31:3) and spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3). Through Jesus Christ, Satan has been defeated (Col. 2:15) and sinners reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:20). With the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we have everything we need to successfully live in this corrupt and lustful world (2 Pet. 1:3-11). Regardless of your personal situation or circumstance, know that God “has you covered”—He contends fo you.
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