This is a very sad passage. We are indifferent to the things that produce our peace, and feed those things that destroy our peace. The last verses 13b-21 bring us to God’s great promises. Make Him your refuge today.
Again the Lord layers over and over His purposes, His order, His love and His justice.
This passage turns to the leaders of the church who are false, and to the people who are led astray (into idolatry) by those leaders.
“I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, but they will not profit you. When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you! The wind will carry them all off, a breath will take them away.”
Then the Lord flips the coin and gives anyone listening the proper response to Him, “But he who takes refuge in me shall possess the land and shall inherit my holy mountain.”
This is a word for us, His people, for anyone lost and lonely who is searching for truth, AND it is a message to those who have rejected the Lord. People who have gone after idols, idols made of human hands (and minds).
Listen to this word from God, let it hammer into our understanding, into our theology and thinking:
“… ‘There is no peace,’ says my God, ‘for the wicked.'”
There is no peace for the wicked.
Let’s be convicted to dwell upon this truth, and to give much thanks to God that through Jesus we DO have peace! Hallelujah!
* Sovereign Lord, we read today hard words. The broad way and the narrow road. The wide gate and the strait/straight.
Please write Your words upon our heart, plant Your truths deep within us. May they continue to impact each day, Your Spirit at work changing us, moulding us, refining and renewing.