TOPIC: GAIN IN PAIN
TEXT: Isaiah 26:12-21
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 God exists. The Bible of course says of such people – ”The fool hast 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 emphasize like David that “if thou seek him, he will be found of thee, but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever” (1 Chronicles 28:9).
No doubt, Good is long-suffering 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.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 44-50
Thank you for your time in reading Today’s DCLM Daily Manna 28th August 2021 Devotional – Gain In Pain. God bless you!