Suppose you have a child and you love her dearly. You have invested in her and spent time praying for, giving to, and loving her with all your heart…all because you want the best for her. And, let’s also suppose she turns away from you. She not only doesn’t want anything to do with you, but also slanders you about not being a good parent. If you can relate to this, you can begin to feel the “angst” God feels about His children who ignore Him. I am reading through the Book of Isaiah in my devotions. Page after page I see the passion of God’s love for the Israelites and their blatant turning away. As I consider the people of our country, I feel like I’m at the ocean watching the horizon and seeing a huge “rogue” wave approaching. Hardly anyone notices…it’s all just fun and games and soaking in the blessings. But, the wave is building. Listen to the message of Isaiah as he prepares us to meet God. “The Lord will rise up…to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task. Now stop mocking, or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the Lord Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed against the whole land” (28:21-22). First, God is just, and He will judge sin. While it may seem that people get away with a lot of evil, God takes into account every deed. God doesn’t enjoy judging, but He is the God of truth and justice and must judge sin. Jesus’ death on the cross shows us what God thinks of sin, and the only payment to wash away sin (atonement). Second, Isaiah reveals that God provides mercy and is able to keep His own during the most trying times. “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you” (26:3). We don’t need to wring our hands or stress out over increasing evil. Our greatest need is to keep close to Jesus which leads to our greatest blessing…His perfect peace. Be blessed!
Pastor Mark Boucher