Judgement From A Caring God- CAC Devotional
THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Monday, November 23, 2020.
TOPIC: JUDGMENT FROM A CARING GOD
Read Isaiah 15:1-9
1 The burden against Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste And destroyed, Because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste And destroyed,
2 He has gone up to the temple and Dibon, To the high places to weep. Moab will wail over Nebo and over Medeba; On all their heads will be baldness, And every beard cut off.
3 In their streets they will clothe themselves with sackcloth; On the tops of their houses And in their streets Everyone will wail, weeping bitterly.
4 Heshbon and Elealeh will cry out, Their voice shall be heard as far as Jahaz; Therefore the armed soldiers of Moab will cry out; His life will be burdensome to him.
5 “My heart will cry out for Moab; His fugitives shall flee to Zoar, Like a three-year-old heifer. For by the Ascent of Luhith They will go up with weeping; For in the way of Horonaim They will raise up a cry of destruction,
6 For the waters of Nimrim will be desolate, For the green grass has withered away; The grass fails, there is nothing green.
7 Therefore the abundance they have gained, And what they have laid up, They will carry away to the Brook of the Willows.
8 For the cry has gone all around the borders of Moab, Its wailing to Eglaim And its wailing to Beer Elim.
9 For the waters of Dimon will be full of blood; Because I will bring more upon Dimon, Lions upon him who escapes from Moab, And on the remnant of the land.”
My heart will cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee to Zoar, Like a three-year-old heifer. For by the Ascent of Luhith they will go up with weeping; For in the way of Horonaim they will raise up a cry of destruction (Isaiah 15:5)
Whose heart was crying for Moab? In the context of Isaiah 15, it was God Himself. The question is, how could God’s heart be crying since He was the One carrying out the judgment? Wasn’t God being hypocritical?
God is not hypothetical. Judgment was to be meted against the sins of Moab (particularly for drawing close to Assyria), because God is holy. However, God’s holiness does not mean that He is cruel or uncaring. In fact, in Chapter 16:1-4, God provided refuge and help for whoever managed to flee the destruction. Sometimes, we forget that the Moabites can also be said to be part of the people of God, even the descendants of Lot (Gen. 19:37). It must have grieved God’s heart to witness and punish the sins of His own people.
Being a parent, we have at times tasted the grief of having to discipline our children. It was an emotion held in tension between love and sadness. Most parents discipline their children because of love; yet it grieves our hearts to do so. We can choose not to discipline and allow our children to do whatever they want. However, this will most likely cause grieve to others (like ill-disciplined children terrorising others) or they will eventually break our hearts through sin. Perhaps, in a similar way, even as God judged Moab, He still cared for and loved them. Even as we have to suffer God’s discipline at times, may we take heart that this is from the hands of a loving God who knows what He is doing, obviously for our good. Amen.
- Loving Father, even if we have to suffer discipline from Your hands, may You give us strength and grace to persevere.
- Help us Lord, to have an understanding that You do discipline us because You want to mould us to be more like Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
- Dear Lord, reveal Yourself to wayward children out there, and bring them back to you.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Ezekiel 18 – 20
Author: CAC WORLDWIDE