Isaiah 30:17-18 NIV 2011
“A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.”
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah, God’s prophet sent to the people of Judah, prophesied judgment with promised restoration for the people of Judah and Jerusalem. Verse 17 was the fulfillment of Moses words to the children of Israel. Deuteronomy 32:30, “How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the Lord had given them up?” After punishment God will bless His people.
God needs to refine me on a daily basis because of the sin nature within me. I began in earnest to study His Word to live a life pleasing to Him, but I am still a sinner. Some may look at the pews filled on Sunday morning and think, “That person has it and I need to be more like them.” That’s when I remember we’re all sinners. I’ve been called to be more like Christ. When I loose sight of that, punishment may result. But when I wait and remain, God graciously blesses even a sinner like me.
How do we wait for His blessings?