06/30/22 Compassion

READING: 2 Kings 16:19-20, 2 Chronicles 28:26-27, Isaiah 13:1-16:14 

Sometimes when God judges, His mark and power are so clear it would be almost impossible to deny something unique happening. When Isaiah speaks of God’s sending judgment on Babylon (and ultimately, more broadly in today’s reading, on all who are arrogant and rebellious), the hand of God is evident. God’s burning anger against sinners will be undeniable. 

Indeed, even creation will reflect that judgment. The stars will not give light. The sun and moon will not shine. The heavens will tremble, and “the earth will shake from its foundations at the wrath of the Lord of Armies, on the day of his burning anger” (Isa 13:13). Sin brings death and destruction—and only the undying love of God gives us hope. Just as He turned off the sun in judgment in His holiness (like the world turning dark when Jesus died for the sins of the world), He also promised in His love that He would restore His people: “For the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will choose Israel again” (Isa 14:1). 

I am deeply grateful today that His compassion trumps my rebellion. Praise Him!

PERSONAL REFLECTION:  How much does God’s compassion mean to you today?  

DAILY PRAYER: “Father, I praise You for Your steadfast love and undying compassion.” 

TOMORROW’S READING: 2 Chronicles 29:3-31:21

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