TOPIC: Gain In Pain (DCLM Daily Manna 28 August 2021)
TEXT: Isaiah 26:12-21
12 LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.
13 O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.
14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.
15 Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth.
16 LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.
17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.
18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
KEY VERSE: “LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them” (Isaiah 26:16)
It went viral on social media recently about a President in one of the Asian countries who reportedly said “if there is anyone who has any evidence that there is God, such a person should come and prove it to me”. While such statements seem ridiculous, it must not be lost on us that there are people that really do not believe that God exists. The Bible of course says of such people – “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1). However, there are some who though they say they believe in God, deliberately do things offensive to Him, whilst others are just “at ease in Zion” and are too comfortable to obey God.
Peace can only be ordained when people trust and obey God. For those who wander away, “other lords” will rule over them with all the afflictions that go with it. But it is wisdom to know that the idols of the heathen are dead gods. In affliction, men are bound to cry unto God who mercifully hears and delivers. The passage also talks about bodily resurrection of the dead.
The gospel message is a two-edged sword. There is mercy and forgiveness for those who repent, whilst judgment awaits the impenitent (Luke 13:3). The modern-day “positive” gospel preachers try to present God as always merciful and thereby indulgent. They do not emphasise like David that “if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever” (1 Chronicles 28:9).
No doubt, God is longsuffering and merciful but He is also a Judge. Israel enjoyed peace and prosperity as long as they obeyed Him but suffered adversity and misery when they abandoned Him. Proponents of “eternal security” must understand the great disservice they do to God and men. If a believer dies in sin, he goes to hell. That is the truth.
Thought For The Day:
Stay out of trouble by doing God’s will.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.