Have you ever looked at our world and thought: “How much worse can it get?” If you have, let me admonish you a bit and remind you that we can expect nothing but sin from sinners. That is why God employs us to tell the world that there is another way to live, with Jesus as Lord and guide. Let me also remind you that some of you reading this blog were just as eagerly participating in the nature of your sinful flesh before you found Jesus (or Jesus found you).
These chapters from Isaiah also tell us the truth about the worlds refusal to ignore God’s teachings and walk in it’s own way: it cannot and will not go on forever and in the end the entire world will be judged by God. None will escape his scrutiny. Isaiah talks about this as the day of the Lord, a day that will be terrible and frightening to behold.
But even in the midst of this judgement, Isaiah proclaims some hope that we should be paying attention to, especially if we are tempted to mourn over the way that our world is walking.
1) Isaiah 24 reminds us that God’s enemies will be judged. People who are doing wrong and seem to be getting away with it will be brought short.
2) Isaiah 25 tells us that God’s people will be preserved
3) Isaiah 26-27 paint a picture for us of God’s plan to restore the nation, ending in a massive celebratory feast.
So while we may be tempted to grouse a bit about world going to “hell in a hand-basket”, let’s remember that God is working out his plan for the nations. Rebellion will end.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: 2 Kings 18:1-8; 2 Chronicles 29-31; Psalm 48