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Read Isaiah Chapter 27
Isa 27:5 Or else let them come to Me for refuge; let them make peace with Me, yes, let them make peace with Me.”
Yesterday, we thought of some reasons why Christians are often not at peace. We also found that those upon whom God has not bestowed His favor do not and cannot have peace in their hearts to help them through unfortunate circumstances. Today we will look at the plight of those who have no ability to be at peace with themselves and with God. In this verse, God has invited men to come to Him for refuge, make peace with Him, and thereby gain His peace for their lives. Over and over in God’s word He invites mankind to come to Him for healing, peace, joy, and more importantly, peace with Him – an unbroken fellowship with the Creator of all things which exist.
You and I know that very few men accept His invitation. Only a small handful find forgiveness and favor with God. There are many reasons, excuses, men give for failing to believe. We could not cover even a small portion of them in this short devotion. We won’t try. Instead, let us get an overall picture, a more complete understanding, of just how enormous is the idea of our unsaved world.
Isa 27:9 By this, then, will Jacob’s guilt be atoned for, and this will be the full fruitage of the removal of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones to be like chalk stones crushed to pieces, no Asherah poles or incense altars will be left standing. 10 The fortified city stands desolate, an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the desert; there the calves graze, there they lie down; they strip its branches bare. 11 When its twigs are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor.
Even the Israelites, God’s chosen people, cannot stand at the end of time if they have rebelled against God. They can only be redeemed if they cast aside all the unholy things they worship. How much more would that be true of the world at large – those who never believed the gospel, believed in God, and accepted Christ as their Savior? There will be no men or women who once “believed” but later turned their backs on Him so that they could indulge themselves with a life of willful sins. Most of us know many who have turned their backs on the truth about homosexuality. A man cannot live a life of unrepentant sin and still expect to gain eternal life in Heaven.
Read again verse 11. Our Maker will have no compassion on anyone who fails to believe in Him and follow Christ. That’s not a politically correct way of thinking. God doesn’t think like man thinks. In Heaven, in eternity with God, there will be no Hindus, Buddhists, or Islamists. There will be some who were saved from those religions, by accepting Jesus as Savior and renouncing their former religion. There will be no atheists in Heaven, no agnostics, and no “questioners.”
All of us must come to Him for refuge and make peace with God. All others, all who reject Him or reject His truth are to be most pitied. This topic can be depressing. We don’t like to think about the multiple trillions who will be cast out at the end of time. So we will close on a happier note. If we really think upon today’s thoughts, it should give us all the impetus we need to have the peace we studied yesterday. It can give us a greater understanding of how blessed we are. It can give us reason to trust God and relieve ourselves of anxiety and doubts, and help us to realize that “Egypt” is a sorry place to reside.
Prayer: Lord, again we pray for those we know who are worshiping their gay lives. Take the blinders off their eyes so that they may see the way to come to you and make peace with You. And, we thank You for showing us a better way. We thank You and praise Your name for all the favor You have given us. We do not deserve our good standing with You.