Chronological Bible: August 19, Stepping out of the line of fire…

Read:

  • 2 Kings 25:27-39
  • Jeremiah 52:31-34
  • Isaiah 13:1-14:23
  • Isaiah 21:1-17
  • Isaiah 33:1-35:10

“I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.” –Isaiah 13:11, ESV

 

Jesus hates evil in the world. The almighty God created this world, and created man in His image. He calls us His children and made the way for us to come to Him. In our free will and sin nature, we make a mess of things. In His holiness, He sends the ultimate sacrifice that we may come to Him.

He did all of this out of love. But woe to the one who ignores the bridge and continues his evil ways against those who crossed the bridge to God. Covered in His protection, His children will be avenged. Not in human terms, which are so limited, but by His terms. For only He knows the inner heart, the true motivation and possibility in the soul of the one who performs these evil acts.

He does all of this out of love. Not only love for those who choose to follow Him, but for they that have not yet chosen. Imagine being the evil-doer. Imagine acting in ways against a believer that you would eventually regret. You don’t regret it yet, but one day you will. But you don’t get the chance to change your mind, your heart, and your actions. You don’t get that chance because rather than allowing God to do His work, a believer continues to rail against you. You can’t get a breath without someone calling you out in the street and layering insult upon insult. It isn’t a crime you have committed, but a human being is taking their vengeance on you. And in the meantime, your questioning heart wonders why on earth you would want to become one of them.

But Jesus knows the heart. In this example, He knows your heart would change, but it gets harder and harder when the believer won’t stay out of the way.

The person who has hurt you may never turn from their ways, but you cannot know that. Give the hurt and pain to Jesus. Allow Him to do His thing. It got you to the throne; trust Him.

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