Just wait…learn to be patient, for our reward awaits us.

Scripture:
Tell the godly that all will be well for them.They will enjoy the rich reward they have earned! But the wicked are doomed, for they will get exactly what they deserve. – Isaiah 3:10-11

Observation:
The opening of the book of Isaiah starts with several messages of doom and gloom pronounced upon Judah and Jerusalem by God the Father through the prophet. He speaks of a time to come when men will hide themselves in the rocks and caves trying to escape God’s judgment, but they will not escape. Then he reminds us that we have a hope in God in that we will enjoy the reward that God has laid up for us in eternity. However, the wicked will get their just reward for rebelling against God.

Application:
When Isaiah received the word from God to deliver to Judah about all will go well for the righteous, I am sure it gave a short in the arm to boost the morale of those who had been living under the tyrannical rule of unjust Judean kings. The priests were even in to fleecing the people for money and land. What an encouraging word it is to hear that everything is going to be well, not okay. To add icing onto that cake, God tells us that we will enjoy the rich reward we’ve earned for serving him. That reward is not salvation, for that can come only by grace through faith. The reward has yet to be determined. God knows what it is,  but we know that every good AND perfect gift comes from God the Father. The wicked on the other hand will suffer their just reward of death and eternal separation from God because they chose to rebel against him in this life and refused his gift of eternal life through Jesus the Messiah (Anointed One). How sad and terrible that will be. We have a hope, and our hope is in JESUS and him alone!

Prayer:
Father, thank you for letting us know that we have a hope in you through Jesus by the power of your Spirit. Without you there is nothing. Without Jesus there is nothing, for everything made was created by him and through him. Without your Spirit there is nothing, for he hovered over the face of the deep waters on the earth while Jesus made it. You three are awesome, for which I am grateful that you are a part, an integral part, of my life and existence. I thank you that you chose me to be one of your own. Sadly, not everyone who is called answers. Sadly, not everyone who is chosen follows. Sadly, not everyone who is called and chosen remains faithful. Help me to reach the lost and encourage the found. I want to do your will alone, Dad, not mine. I thank you for the hope I have that drives me on day-to-day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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