“In their streets they have girded themselves with sackcloth; On their housetops and in their squares Everyone is wailing, dissolved in tears. Heshbon and Elealeh also cry out, their voice is heard all the way to Jahaz; therefore the armed men of Moab cry aloud; His soul trembles within him.” (Isaiah 15:4, 5)
When punishing calamity comes, what do the people do? Do they simply lament, or do they repent? The purpose of punishment is to get our attention and correct what is wrong. Often, like sheep, we simply move along to the slaughter. The Lord allows punishment to drive us to Him. Alas, rather than turning to the Lord, they turn away and blame the Lord for what wickedness has done.
Lord, help me not blame You for sin in the world. There is much wickedness in this world and You are not the cause. Help me see that regardless the situation, You have sent hope in the message of salvation You have prepared through Christ. Guide me into hope, not resting in the desire to seek immediate answers, knowing that all things are now, as they always have been, in Your hands.
Thank You, Lord, for the promise You have given that in every situation You are there. Mature my faith so that when calamity comes, I do not blame You for the calamity. Guide me into right thinking, that I may seek You in all the seasons of life knowing that You are there and will protect me from evil. May I live today by the grace You give, knowing that only in You will I find the final answer to life’s difficulties. Amen.