“So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard: I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed; I will break down its wall and it will become trampled ground. “I will lay it waste; It will not be pruned or hoed, but briars and thorns will come up. I will also charge the clouds to rain no rain on it.” (Isaiah 5:5, 6)
How the Lord brings judgement to those who will not abide in Him is to remove the mercy He gives. The Lord is under no obligation to give mercy, nor is the removal of mercy unjust. The Lord allows the world to come in and ravage, for this is what sin accomplishes. If it were not for God’s mercy, the world would be complete chaos. Abide in the Lord’s mercy and obey His commands.
Lord, I have come to expect Your mercy, yet You tell me that You will have mercy upon whom You will have mercy. Lord, create in me appreciation of the many ways in which You protect all of us that I might not take for granted your grace and mercy. In all circumstances, bring me to the place where I am thankful for all of the benefits You give to us all.
Lord, I forget the impact of sin, how it destroys. Lead me this day to the place where I seek to be faithful in all circumstances, knowing Your judgement is always behind the mercy You give. Help me live in obedience that I would not need Your mercy. May I be faithful today in all of Your edicts, knowing that only in You is their hope and a future. Amen.