Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.-Isaiah 12:2
This verse from the book of Isaiah begins and ends with the same concept. And that concept is that God is your salvation. What does the prophet Isaiah mean when writes “surely God is my salvation” and “he has become my salvation”? Isaiah is telling us point blank in whom we should be placing our faith and trust. Too many times, even those of us who are followers of Christ, will look to the world for the answers to our problems. And that is the same problem that the people of Israel had, and that is why God kept sending them prophet, after prophet, after prophet in an attempt to get them to turn back to God. By the time Isaiah wrote the words of today’s passage the northern kingdom of Israel had already been carried off into exile, because of their failure to look to God for their salvation, and the southern kingdom of Judah was nearing its end for the same reason. The message that Isaiah is giving us here is one of hope. Yes, there are bad things coming as a result of your failure to do God’s will, but that is not the end. God is still the God of salvation and of hope, and all your have to do is return to him and let him be your strength, your hope, your salvation and your defense.