Translations: Chinese GB Big5

Have You Considered?

Isaiah 47:7
You said, ‘I will continue forever— the eternal queen!’
But you did not consider these things or reflect on what might happen.


Comment

Why is it so characteristic of human nature not to think, consider or reflect on what may happen? Why for example is death the one great certainty in life and yet it takes people by surprise? One of my bumper stickers is Hebrews 9:27 "Everyone must die once. And after that comes judgment". It seems for some strange reason people need to be reminded of that fact. And not only of that but also of the natural consequences of sin. "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life."Galatians 6:7,8

Continuing on in this section of Isaiah, here are some warning God gives to the complacent:

Isaiah: 47:8-11
"Now then, listen, you wanton creature, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.’ Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells. You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’  Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you."
What about you? Have you considered what may happen to you? Just this last week over 10,000 people were killed in an earthquake in southern Iran. I'm reminded of what Jesus said, "those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them— do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish." Luke 13:3,4


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