As defined, The Day of The Lord is a significant period of time described as a day of wrath, distress and anguish, trouble and ruin, darkness and gloom for all mankind. Isaiah 34: 2-8 describes The Day of the Lord as God’s judgment against the Nations…or His ultimate intervention in the affairs of His people. For in the Valley of decision, mankind won’t have the option to choose anymore.
God’s divine viewpoint is true truth. It is the redemptive revelation, or saving truth we receive when we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. But God’s truth is also uncomfortable, and makes us squirm as we face the unlovely parts of our life. So it’s much easier to water down and bend God’s truth than to change ourselves. That’s why we’re warned in II Peter 2:20, that when those who know Christ but then become entangled and overcome by sin are worse off at the end than when they were at the beginning. For there’s only one form of the truth, and when we intentionally embrace half-truths to make ourselves feel better…it’s still sin.
When it comes to our relationship with God, it’s man that proves to be the unfaithful party. For God’s merciful kindness towards us is everlasting and forever. In Isaiah 54:7 it says, “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.” So when you’re going through sorrow and you don’t feel God near…remember that His deep loving compassion for you can only but gather you back up in His arms.
The well-known quote, “It ain’t over til it’s over.” came from American baseball legend, Yogi Berra. Now it may have originally meant the outcome of a Divisional baseball game…but we can also apply it to our journey through life. Isaiah 46:4 tells us, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Both Scriptures speak of our future in Christ with that simple word – will. God will sustain, rescue and heal us…for as long as we have breath, God will take care of us. So our journey called life isn’t over, until God decides it’s over.
The old saying goes something like, “Whatever’s in the cup will spill out.” And it’s really true! When life shakes you, out of the abundance of your heart emerges either good or bad. So it’s so important to remember the advice given in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” In other words, the source / or the starting point of all good or evil within you… is your heart.
Jesus reminds us in the Gospels that just as He was persecuted, Christians all around the world will be unjustly accused. And as evil domination snowballs…so will injustice towards those of the Christian faith. For it’s not a matter anymore of if, but of when…for the world is becoming increasingly more brazen and emboldened in its attack of what once was considered sacred and off limits. But just as David declared to King Saul… the Lord is our only judge and it will be Him that will vindicate and deliver us. ( I Samuel 24:14-15)
To love your neighbor as yourself, is an excellent example of unselfish love. It’s a love that isn’t contrived, plays favorites, or is narrow-minded simply because the person don’t look or act like us. Jesus Christ patterned this unselfish love for us… always looking on anyone He encountered with love and mercy. And since the Lord has shown such great mercy towards us…how can we not show this same mercy to others?
God does not desire nor does He delight in the eternal damnation of the wicked. He has given all of us a free will to chose our own actions and behaviors, but in this verse God is imploring us to reconsider our choices…and sadly, the consequences that come along with them.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” (Psalm 24:1) So look around you today…God has made everything you see, smell, touch, hear, and taste. And He is under no obligation to anyone for this creative work. For God is totally and absolutely self-sufficient.