Tuesday Morning Early Start – Important Doctrines
Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him. (Isaiah 30:18)
The Incredible Long-suffering Of God
I do not understand it. In truth it is impossible for man to fully grasp the concept. It flies in the face of all reason. There would seem to be a belief that as righteous as God is He could not and would not endure man very long. How often will man rebel against Him and not be destroyed? Looking around the world and seeing the calamities of wickedness destroying this nation along with the implosion of the moral fiber of the world begs the question of how long will the Lord’s mercies endure. It really does not seem logical. We read of the destruction of the world in the days of Noah or the judgment on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and believe we are not far from that moment ourselves. Yet the days remain and man continues his march of unrighteousness.
I do not understand it. I look in the mirror and see the same struggle with sin. Portions of scripture are dedicated to the Lord’s swift judgment upon those who would rebel against Him and I ponder why he allows me to continue to live. The judgment of the world is clear because of its rejection of His teachings. My life is filled with the trappings of rebellion when Satan gains a victory in my life. All men struggle with the battle of the spirit of righteousness and the conflict of sin. Paul described his innermost battles in Romans 7. “O wretched man that I am” he cries. I understand that.
Isaiah was a preacher who had a mission of incredible proportions. His task was to lead a nation back to God; a rebellious nation of God’s people. His writings are timely as they fill the pages of our newspapers today. The pleas expressed in his book express every element of our challenges with God and sin. Sprinkled throughout his sixty-six chapters are the seeds of hope and mercy. The Lord was very angry with His people. He would bring judgment upon them. The remnant would be the only thing left when the Lord was finished. It could be an overwhelming message of doom if not for the rays of sunlight that shone upon honest hearts the compassion of God. He is merciful. He is gracious. He is longsuffering. He is just.
The Lord was willing to wait. Let that sink in for a moment. He had a greater plan to show His glory. There is a positive side of sin. As dark and troubling as sin will be the nature of sin exalts the justice of God. Sin is so terrible it took the blood of God’s only begotten Son to wash it away exposing the fabric of God’s love. I doubt we can ever truly understand the mercy of God to take away our sins but He will. Just trying to wrap the mind around that shows me how great and wonderful the love of God is. He will wait, He will be exalted, He will have mercy – for me. Thank you God. You are my Lord. The Lord of my salvation.
The love that gives, that loves the unlovely and the unlovable, is given a special name in the New Testament, grace. (Oswald C. J. Hoffman, Life Crucified, 1959)
- Kent Heaton