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God's Grief over our Distress

“My heart will cry out for Moab .” Isaiah 15:5a


Summery: - Just God judges the rebellious, yet weeps over their distress.

       Whose cry is this, Isaiah's or Jehovah's? A careful reading shows that it is the Lord God who is crying for Moab .

       After proclaiming the judgment that is going to fall upon this proud nation, God discloses His pain and sorrow over it. People of Moab will have to forsake their own land and flee as refugees. (vs. 5—7) Their rivers will be full of blood. V. 9.

       Is the Lord happy about such devastation falling upon a godless, rebellious society? Never. He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Ezek. 33:11. God wants every one to repent and turn to Him. That's why He sent His only begotten Son to die and open the way of salvation for mankind. When people go deliberately to destruction God's heart is grieved.

       We saw in Isaiah chapter 1, the pain of the Lord when we own His people rebelled against Him. Not only He is hurt at our sinful, disobedient path but also at our judgment. What a mercy? What a longsuffering? He is our creator and does have a concern for us. His righteousness and holiness demands just judgment for every revolt but that doesn't give any enjoyment to God. In His love and kindness feels sorry for us.

       How can we ever neglect such a Gracious God and pursue after eternal destruction?

Similarly, such should be our attitude to those who err in their spiritual path. Matt. 5:44. Be compassionate and feel the pain of others. Weep over other's distress. That's what God Almighty does.




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