THE WORD FOR TODAY
Isaiah 22-24 (Click to read Today’s Word)
Isaiah 24:1 1 Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste, Distorts its surface And scatters abroad its inhabitants.
The farmers where I live now are very near completing their harvest. All indications are that they were blessed with another year of really good crops of corn, rice, soybeans and cotton. I have heard their words of gratitude for God’s blessings on them.
But, did you know there is a day coming when our crops won’t grow? Did you know there is a day of judgment coming when the present order of things will be no more. And before you say the preacher is reacting to the election…nope…I am looking at all the things we do against God…the same kinds of things Israel did against Him and I know HIS day of judgment is coming. This day has to with God exacting HIS judgment as He…”makes the earth empty and makes it waste, distorts its surface and scatters abroad its inhabitants.”
This is a not a pretty picture…in fact it is downright frightening…except to those who believe and trust in Christ as their Savior. Because You see…if you known HIM as your Lord and Master then all your rebellion has been judged…it was judged with lash on His back…it was judged with every strip on His body…it was judged with a crown of thorns…it was judged with three nails beaten into His hands and His feet…it was judged on cruel cross…our sin…our rebellion was judged when Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
We cannot forget the blessings that await those who belong to Him…but we must never neglect the fact that HIS judgment is coming and that we who KNOW Him must tell the message loudly and clearly in an earth that is growing emptier day by day by day.
Father, You are the righteous judge…You are the creator and Father You are the one who will bring YOUR judgment to bear on a rebellious land and a stiff necked people...may that reality cause us to preach and witness with greater fervor LORD. Give us Your Spirit Who fills us with boldness…courage…and testimony to share with a world in need…In Jesus Name…Amen!!!!