"I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord” (Jer 39:18).
Trusting God--which requires faith--is the way to life (Gen 15:6; Rom 1:17). Trusting God is a central theme of Scripture (Prov 3:5; Jn 14:1). Since preaching through 66 chapters of Isaiah for two years, I found that it is Isaiah's singular message -- Trust God -- as follows:
- Ch. 1-39 (Assyrian invasion): Trust God instead of your own scheming.
- Ch. 40-55 (Babylonian exile): Trust God to deliver you while in exile.
- Ch. 56-66 (Return from exile): Trust God to enable/empower you to start over from scratch with a new life.