Isaiah 13:9 See What Is Coming

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See, the day of the Lord is coming–a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger–to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. Isaiah 13:9 

Danger can sometimes be seen coming. People can often see signs that something bad is about to happen. Very often meteorologists can predict a hurricane or some other bad storm coming up. They give warning to the people that it will be bad and destructive.

When this occurs, many people will take steps to protect themselves from the danger coming. Others will ignore it and take their chances.

In the end sometimes the meteorologists is wrong and nothing major occurs. Other times the disaster hits and many people are harmed because of the great destruction caused and refusing to not heed the warnings.

Isaiah had a prophecy against Babylon about God’s wrath getting ready to come upon them. It would be a day of destruction and all sinners would be destroyed.

Babylon was later destroyed by God, but His day of wrath is still yet to come upon the rest of the world. Although it appears as if the world is getting away with sinning, there will come a day of judgement. Every sinner will have to pay a price, and that price is death and destruction.

God is patient in waiting for that day of destruction to come because He wants everyone to be saved. He does not really want to destroy everyone, but will if they refuse to follow Jesus.

What does this mean to the believer? It means that he must be willing to go out and be His witness to this world. He needs to tell every unbeliever about Jesus and compel them to follow Him.

Too often believers just condemn the unbeliever or ignore them. There is coming destruction, so this must not happen. God is a God of love and so every believer should love those who are lost and headed for destruction.

As a believer, you also must be willing to share the gospel message with everyone. Open your spiritual eyes and see the destruction that is coming. God’s day of wrath is still yet to come upon this earth.

Allow yourself to see every person as loved by God, yet about to be destroyed because they do not know the truth. Go out and tell them about Jesus and what is about to happen. Every day is getting closer to destruction and death. Don’t waste a minute.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see people with God’s eyes of love; that God will reveal to you the destruction that is coming; and that you will be His witness to this world about Jesus. 

Romans 2:8 Trouble For Selfishness

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But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. Romans 2:8

Throughout this world people are always told that they can have what they want if they work for it. They are told that they can be the best at whatever they do. People are to dream and go for their dreams.

In some countries it is expected that a person will have their own house, car and have a large bank account. If they don’t have those things, they have failed in life.

People get offended very quickly when they do not get what they want. The things that they want can be physical, but it can also be non-physical things. Non-physical things are praise, recognition, position, power, authority, and more.

It is often said that life is all about self, what can self get, or be. They are to look out for ‘old number one’. People will step on others and cut them down in order to look good or to build themselves up. It is all about self.

Paul says that God looks at that as being wrong. People who are self-seeking, all about self, will have trouble in the future. God is holding out for wrath and anger for those who are self-seeking.

Being self-seeking goes against God. God was not self-seeking when He sent Jesus to die on the cross. Jesus was sent for people who had rejected God. Jesus died on the cross so that people could have eternal life.

When a person is self-seeking, he is rejecting the truth of God. God wants all people to be filled with His love, which is not self-seeking, but seeking the good of others.

At times, some believers, get to be selfish. They are offended at the actions of others. They refuse to spread the gospel message and keep it to themselves.

Take a look at your own life and ask yourself if you are being selfish. Do you fight for your own way? Or are you looking out for others?

Do not store up God’s wrath against you, because you have chosen to be selfish and all about self. Seek to build others up and put them before yourself in this life. Put God first, others second, and yourself last. As you do that you honor what God has done for you in Jesus.

I pray today that God will show you what He has done for you; that God will show you ways to build others up; that you will serve God and others above yourself; and that you will not be selfish and against God.

Proverbs 15:1 How To Answer Wrath

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

When a person is faced with an angry person, the first thing most people do is respond in anger. This becomes especially true if the person that is angry is doing it with wrath–extreme anger and violence.

Extreme anger and violence usually brings out anger and violence in other people. When a news reporter reports on a situation in which someone stated something in wrath or showed extreme violence, the people start talking about the situation with heated words of anger. They want to see justice done. Speaking like this brings out more anger, rather than a change of heart.

Parents are often seen speaking very harshly to a child who made a mistake and did something wrong. Doing this often brings out more anger in the child, rather than a change of heart.

People who are displaying wrath often feel that they are right and the world is wrong. Anyone who speaks harshly against them is wrong. As they are spoken to in that way, they put up a wall and strike even harder with their anger and wrath.

Solomon points out that speaking with a gentle answer gets the person to calm down from the extreme anger. Looking at the words of Jesus, He rarely ever spoke harshly with people. The only ones He spoke harshly with were the ones who claimed to be serving God, yet went against Him.

God shows love to every person. He speaks with a kind and gentle voice that is loving and forgiving.

Think about your own life. How do you react when someone speaks harshly with you? As with most people, you probably put up a wall and fight harder for your case.

When a person speaks gently to you, the fight in you will lessen and you will hear what is being said.

Is it right to be upset and angry with people who are doing wrong? Yes, but in the right way. Do not speak as the world does and just condemn the person. Show God’s love, grace and  mercy. Slow down and speak gentle words that will touch the heart and show them back to God.

How are your words being said today?

I pray today that you will have God’s love for all people; that God’s Spirit will keep you calm in every situation; that you will answer with the love and words of God; and that you will use gentle words to speak God’s truth to those speaking or acting in wrath and anger.