Isaiah 7:11 For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
You were created to be like God, therefore, rather than accede to cultural norms, choose to be like God.
Part of the reason God blew his spirit into man in the Garden of Eden was so that by having His DNA, man would be like Him. It was that understanding that inspired Paul to write in Ephesians 5:1 “be ye imitators of God as dear Children”. The essence of Paul’s message there was since we were created to be like Him, do what He does and say what He says. That is important as you may be made to feel like you have to do what everybody else is doing. That is following the crowd and God does not have that expectation of you. His expectation is that you would do as He does.
Consistent with God’s expectation for us to be like Him, He instructed Isaiah in Isaiah 7:11-12 not to walk in the ways of the people of Israel. Isaiah, though an Israelite, was told not to do as the Israelites did or get drawn into their ungodly practices. There were two ways that God showed Isaiah how this could be avoided. Firstly, He said to him “say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy;” What God was saying here was do not say what they say: your language must be different. What you say is typically what is in your heart, so if Isaiah was speaking like they spoke, he would be no different from them. In continuation, the next thing that God said to Isaiah was “neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.” He was telling Isaiah here not to believe what they believed. What you believe is ultimately what you will do, so if Isaiah was to believe what they believed, he would start doing what they did and walk by fear rather than live by faith.
Since you were created to be like God, let it be your goal to be like Him by saying what He is saying and doing what His word says.
Life Application: Give special attention to modeling the word of God in every area of your life daily.
Prayer: Lord, May I be like you. Let my thoughts be your thoughts. Let my ways be your ways. May I please you in all that I do and say in Jesus name, amen.