Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 10, 2017

“Lord, You will establish peace for us, Since You have also performed for us all our works.”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah 26:11-21.

“11 O Lord, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it.
They see Your zeal for the people and are put to shame;
Indeed, fire will devour Your enemies.
12 Lord, You will establish peace for us,
Since You have also performed for us all our works.
13 O Lord our God, other masters besides You have ruled us;
But through You alone we confess Your name.
14 The dead will not live, the departed spirits will not rise;
Therefore You have punished and destroyed them,
And You have wiped out all remembrance of them.
15 You have increased the nation, O Lord,
You have increased the nation, You are glorified;
You have extended all the borders of the land.
16 O Lord, they sought You in distress;
They could only whisper a prayer,
Your chastening was upon them.
17 As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth,
She writhes and cries out in her labor pains,
Thus were we before You, O Lord.
18 We were pregnant, we writhed in labor,
We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind.
We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth,
Nor were inhabitants of the world born.
19 Your dead will live;
Their corpses will rise.
You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy,
For your dew is as the dew of the dawn,
And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.

20 Come, my people, enter into your rooms
And close your doors behind you;
Hide for a little while
Until indignation runs its course.
21 For behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
And the earth will reveal her bloodshed
And will no longer cover her slain.”  Isaiah 26:11-21.

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Other doctrine teaches that God loves everybody and that Christ died for everybody.

But, we see from today’s Scripture the sharp contrast in how God deals with His enemies and how He deals with His people.

“…  Indeed, fire will devour Your enemies.”  Verse 11.

But, for His people:

“Lord, You will establish peace for us,
Since You have also performed for us all our works.”  Verse 12.

For His enemies:

“…  Therefore You have punished and destroyed them,
And You have wiped out all remembrance of them.”  Verse 14.

“For behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
And the earth will reveal her bloodshed
And will no longer cover her slain.”  Verse 21.

But, for His people:

“Come, my people, enter into your rooms
And close your doors behind you;
Hide for a little while
Until indignation runs its course.”  Verse 20.

Other doctrine and the world teach that everyone is equal and treated alike by God, but don’t believe it!

Reformed Doctrine teaches the sharp contrast between how God deals with the elect (His people, the righteous) and how He deals with the non-elect (His enemies, the wicked). 

“You are my hiding place;  You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance.  Selah.”  Psalm 32:7.

“5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
7 A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
8 You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
9 For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.”  Psalm 91:5-11.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God;  you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

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