January 2, 2016

Saturday
Isaiah 3:1-26

This entire chapter speaks of God’s judgment on Judah and Jerusalem, and it is very specific in naming the sins of the people. I am reminded of a passage in Psalm 130:3- 4: “If you, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared.”

I do not believe God has pleasure in judging his people but because he is a holy God, he must judge sin. We are so blessed that our sins, though many like Judah, were judged on the cross where our blessed Savior paid in full the debt we owed and redeemed us by his grace from the curse of the law. He cried from the cross, “It is finished.” Hallelujah, what a Savior!

As believers, we know our Heavenly Father chastens us for our own good as an earthly father would his son (Hebrews 12:7). “If you endure the chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom the father does not chasten? Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

To enjoy daily fellowship with our Lord, it is essential for us to submit our will to God’s will in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, in obedience and faith. 1 John 1:7 says, “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”