#DailyDevotion God Has Given Us Advent That We Might Repent And Believe
Read Is 24:1–13
Isa 24:1-5 Behold, the LORD will empty the earth and make it desolate, and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants. (2) And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the slave, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor. (3) The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered; for the LORD has spoken this word. (4) The earth mourns and withers; the world languishes and withers; the highest people of the earth languish. (5) The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched, and few men are left.
Well, no good news in that reading. Isaiah is speaking of the last day here and much that is here can be seen also in Revelation chapter eighteen. Perhaps we already see much of this happening in our lifetime. Calamities and the like will continue until the last day. Things will get more intense until it is utter destruction. It will come upon all people in all levels of society, every age, every nation, language, tongue and people. Destruction will be upon the world for Rom 3:10-12 “None is righteous, no, not one; (11) no one understands; no one seeks for God. (12) All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
The Lord speaks, “The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant.” The law of God is written on the hearts of mankind. No one, not even the little ones have kept it. Even or babes do not come into this world trusting in the Lord of Hosts. Everyone has broken the covenant God made with the world at the time of flood.
You’re probably looking around the world, seeing how crazy it is and wondering why does God allow all this stuff to happen. Well we are under a curse, a curse we have brought down upon ourselves and the world we live in. We are suffering for our guilt. God allows this stuff to happen because he is calling us to repent. He calls us to turn from our sin, iniquity and faithlessness and to turn and look to his son Jesus Christ. We are to look to his cross and see the guilt of the world, our guilt there and know there and only there that God still loves us and makes a new covenant with us. From that cross of Jesus Christ, redemption for mankind is won and proclaimed and the redemption of creation has taken place. There is good news, Rom 8:19 “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God…:21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God…23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”
Heavenly Father, forgive us our iniquity. Grant us faith in your son Jesus Christ and give us your Holy Spirit that we may truly repent of our sins and trust you in all things. Preserve us in the true faith until the day we see our hope, the redemption of our bodies and all creation. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.