Isaiah next takes on the issue of balancing the scales. So many times, we see the evil in the world and sense that there is no justice. We see people that prey upon others and never seem to suffer consequences. They snub rules and shake their fists at authority, all the time feeling invincible and deserving of anything they desire, no matter the cost to others.
Isaiah reminds us, that the destroyer will be destroyed. The betrayer will be betrayed, in short–what goes around comes around. In contrast, Isaiah says God will be gracious to the gracious, kind to those that show kindness. God dispenses justice and mercy according to the measure it is dispensed. The amazing addition, however, comes in that God also shows mercy to us as sinners. We do not deserve such grace. We do not deserve salvation. In Romans 5, Paul says it best, “God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.
It is important for us, as His chosen, to live lives that show grace and mercy to the extent it has been shown to us. We must never lose sight that the Bible and our lives are filled with frail humans doing stupid things that affect others. We grow cold and self-righteous, forgetting that we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard. In that, we act a great deal like the ones described in the prophecy. We need to show God’s grace and mercy. We need to show others the same measure of grace we have been shown. When we do, we will be blessed and receive the grace we have shown. As a child of God, we must continue to live and look like the Savior that bore our sin.
God Bless You
Woe to you, destroyer,you who have not been destroyed!Woe to you, betrayer,you who have not been betrayed!When you stop destroying,you will be destroyed;when you stop betraying,you will be betrayed.
2 Lord, be gracious to us;we long for you.Be our strength every morning,our salvation in time of distress.
3 At the uproar of your army, the peoples flee;when you rise up, the nations scatter.
4 Your plunder, O nations, is harvested as by young locusts;like a swarm of locusts people pounce on it.
5 The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness.
6 He will be the sure foundation for your times,a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.[a]
7 Look, their brave men cry aloud in the streets;the envoys of peace weep bitterly.
8 The highways are deserted,no travelers are on the roads.The treaty is broken,its witnesses[b] are despised,no one is respected.
9 The land dries up and wastes away,Lebanon is ashamed and withers;Sharon is like the Arabah,and Bashan and Carmel drop their leaves.
10 “Now will I arise,” says the Lord.“Now will I be exalted;now will I be lifted up.