Today’s thought “I will not fear …” (June 6)

“I will not fear …”

We can read God’s word, putting the emphasis on the blessings it promises, or we can read it emphasizing the judgments it warns about. We pray we have so lived that we deserve the blessings – yet it is only through his grace that we can anticipate them.

Isaiah 30 today provoked these contrasting reflections! Let’s first notice the awesome judgements it forecasts. There is a rebuke for his people,

“they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the LORD” (verse 9).

How true of nearly all today. And yet,

“the LORD waits to be gracious to you … blessed are all those who wait for him” (verse 18).

In the end, in Israel, so few did! And isn’t it the same today – including so many who claim to follow Christ – being ‘spiritual’ Israelites but who fail to “wait”!

And, for those “unwilling to hear”:

“Behold, the name of the LORD comes from afar, burning with his anger …” (verse 27)!

It will be a

“day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall” (verse 25).

Today, some nations seem to compete as to who can put up the highest buildings and towers!

But, we also notice reassuring words for those who believe and listen to God,

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength” (verse 15)

But in those days they “were unwilling”. And today? Remember what we read in Hebrews yesterday! The Lord “has promised,

‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’” (12:26).

But today’s final chapter in Hebrews, reassures and inspires us! We read,

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear …’” (verses 5,6).

When we are fully committed to the Lord, then “our heart” will “be strengthened by grace” (verse 9). This will certainly be so at the time when, “the LORD will cause” his judgements to come on an unbelieving world.

Finally, notice the ‘prayer’ in verse 20,21:

“May the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

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