Destruction or Mercy?

Isaiah 6:8-13 (ESV)

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the LORD removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.

Yesterday we saw the first part of this, Isaiah saw the Lord, Holy and Righteous. Now the Lord is commissioning him to go as prophet to His nation, Israel. These are harsh words that the Lord has for Israel. What would the Lord say to this nation we live in? I dare say it would be very close to the same thing.

For we as a nation have forgotten our first love. We have forgotten what is wrong and what is right. When this nation was founded, we were not perfect, but we knew Who God is, and that His laws are right. Now we are tossing the baby out with the bath water. We are saying that gender is fluid and some lives are more important than others simply because of the color of skin, or because they are already outside their mother’s womb.

As a nation, we need to repent. We need to seek the Lord. We need to get back to doing things His way, seeing what He calls evil as evil, and what He calls good as good.

As individuals, we need to heed the call of God. If He calls us to do something, we need to listen, and say as did Isaiah, “Here I am! Send me.” Some days I wish I had a larger sphere of influence. I would tell people to repent and seek forgiveness. Maybe we could get the Lord to shine His favor on us once more.

Sadly, I see the destruction of our great nation approaching. I believe we will probably destroy ourself. Our life as a nation is in serious jeopardy. As individuals, we also need to seek God’s mercy. We are guilty. Sometimes of what we do, sometimes of what we don’t do. We do not warn our neighbors of the sin surrounding and devouring us. We do not encourage them to seek God.

Let’s commit to seeking God’s face first for ourselves, then for our neighborhoods, then for our nation. We need to share God’s grace with all we know. Perhaps the Lord will grant us mercy and heal our land for a generation or two. We know from the Scriptures that all the earth will eventually go the way of destruction, but perhaps it will not be in the time of our lives.

by Virgil Stripes

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