October 23, 2017: God sees and Knows
Isaiah 57:-19 (HCSB)
17 Because of his sinful greed I was angry, so I struck him; I was angry and hid; but he went on turning back to the desires of his heart. 18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners, 19 creating words of praise.” The LORD says, “Peace, peace to the one who is far or near, and I will heal him.
Behold how beautiful the grace of God is to those whom God has chosen. Those who were dead in their sins and transgressions and bent on rebellion have somehow found God’s affection being poured out on them.
It would be years in the future that this would be true of Judah. They would be carried away into captivity and even there they would continue to run from God. Sin would overtake them and they would be held in slavery by the cords of sin. What hope did Judah have of being redeemed? Would it come from inside of themselves as the self-help gurus would lead one to believe?
If the Scripture is true then there could be no hope from within because they were bent on finding pleasure in their sin. So where would their help come? What confidence would they have of being rescued? Their confidence came from the decree of God that he would heal them. He would once more lead them and restore them. There would be a time in the future where tears would no longer flow, where pain would cease to exist and only lasting pleasure that brings with it boundless joy unending love.
It does not matter how far you have run or what you have found yourself captured by, the God who made you for himself is working out your full and complete redemption even now.
How do you know you are among the redeemed? Do you find your heart growing in praise just reading these words, and then rejoice because this is a work of God himself creating worshippers who will rejoice eternally in his grace and redemption.
Hopelessly lost in praise and wonder at his grace,