Compassion is a major characteristic of God and so of believers. Israel had to go through suffering, turmoil and cruel bondage. God’s promised word was to sustain them as us in such times of almost unbelievable cruelty and hardship.
“For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?” v27
It can be easy to think of God’s sovereignty in terms of GOOD. Our predestination into the book of life, our salvation and rescue through Jesus, our treasures laid up in heaven (and the hope of heaven itself).
But here in Isaiah we read of the other side of the coin of God’s sovereignty.
Judgement. Destruction. Wrath.
“‘I will rise up against them’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘and will cut off from Babylon name and remnant, descendants and posterity,’ declares the LORD.”
God purposed and then did.
As verse 27 says, “His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?”
When this coin-truth is set in our hearts, we are to have such impetus to point people to Jesus!
Because of the BLESSING. But too, because of the CURSE.
Escape God’s wrath in Jesus! Find rest and rescue in Jesus!
While we don’t want to be one-sided in our spreading of the gospel – We need a healthy balance of both sides.
What we are saved INTO (and WHO saves us). And what we are saved FROM.
* God Almighty, thank You that Your word reminds us of Your sovereignty. Both to save and to judge.
Please save our loved ones Lord God. Please call them and may they answer. Please spread Your gospel of grace and mercy throughout our places, that people might see Jesus!
Please rescue sinners from Your judgement!