|God's Warning Is Love
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
Is it love to tell a child that the stove is hot? Is it love to tell a child not to ride his bike in the middle of the road? Is it love to warn your child of danger lurking in his path if he does not change? It is more love to warn then to try and prevent. As the warning of the mother calls to her son watch where you going right before he trips over the bump in his path. Godís warnings are not to be taken lightly. God warns of danger if oneís ways do not change. The fact is God loves his children, and desires to heal their land. Yet God is not going to heal until one repents. God is going to stop judgment as long as sin abounds. In fact God is going to be like the mother telling of how hot that stove is right before the child gets burnt.
Through out the New Testament the day of judgment is talked about as a thief in the night. It talked about as hope of eternity with Christ. The believers hope is not one of destruction. New Testament is talking to the believer of time to come of Godís wrath, but of the hope of all believers. Jesus and Israel had gone through the exile, and in some ways still in exile, because the laws of their land were not there own. Israel still had to bow to Rome. Yet Jesus preached hope.
Godís wrath spoken in this chapter of the effects of abandonment of the land of a people taken in captivity. The loss of gold and silver by armies looters that would take it, along with any other thing the people had that was of value back to their king. They would enslave the people and take them back to the king as well. Fate on the children of Israel that refuse to fear God was going to see the judgment that was coming against them, because they refuse to obey God.
This judgment has no hope of deliverance in it. In fact in only speaks of destruction and God turning away. Yet the remnant of people left after those killed and so forth by the sword, would find themselves in sackcloth and in mourning and grieving as they head toward the judgment of their fate in the hands of the enemy, whether it be destruction or enslavement.
Why does God warn his people, those He loves? The same reason a mother tells her child that the stove is hot, drugs are bad, and donít become alcoholic. It is more loving to warn then to never say a word. It is more loving to tell of the wrath of God then to never preach about judgment. The old fashion preacher of days gone by are sorely in need in our country. It the glitter of love without speaking of Godís wrath is like oil without fat. Looks kind of clear, but really it as dangerous as oil with fat you can not see through. If you sugar coat Godís wrath you going to have people with a lack of fear of a God that can cause destruction. Yet to preach Godís wrath and to say all destruction is Godís wrath is not so either.
If I take a piano out a window with a crane, only to accidently drop it from the air, was it judgment God or a stupid act of those walking under it that brought their death. Not all bad things are Godís fault. Godís judgment was coming because of the problems of the nation of Israel was having with their own people. The people bring the judgment of God on themselves by walking in the ways of the devil. The judgment is only a warning that can be stopped, but only if Godís people will turn to him. The judgment will come to Israel even if there repentance among some of the people. The reason being not enough repentance and a strong military force that would take an act of God to defeat it. God is not against doing the impossible miracle, why do you think Christ return is so important to the believer, they hope Christ will return before the judgment of their land by the human kings of the earth.
For the believer today the hope is in Jesus to save them not only from their sins, but the wrath of God. Are you willing to repent today. Are you willing to allow God to change the judgment to being in the protection of the Lord Almighty.
Dear Heavenly Father, please, never stop warning your children of harm, give them them that hope of protection through out eternity. Your grace is sufficient for all our needs. Thank you for your grace and hope that come through Christ Jesus. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Matthew 24:27-31 KJV
(27) For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
(28) For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
(29) Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
(30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
(31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.