“Come now, and let us reason together,”Says the Lord,”Though your sins are as scarlet,They will be as white as snow;Though they are red like crimson,They will be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
Our sins are forgiven. We are cleansed through the blood of Jesus! Though we were guilty and our sins were dark and ugly, they have been made white like wool. Our sin which defiled us has been made erased and made white as snow. In the words of Horatio Spafford who penned “It Is Well With My Soul”…
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul.
Let us give thanks today for God’s forgiveness, His Mercy, and His grace.
18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law. 19 A servant will not be corrected by mere words; For though he understands, he will not respond. 20 Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
God will correct His children. The author of these proverbs uses negative examples to amplify what will take place in the lives of those who will not heed Godly correction. In short, those who ignore God’s directives are described as slow of understanding, hasty, and foolish. Those who refuse to be corrected are without hope and their ways will end badly.
Believers should accept God’s discipline realizing that the Lord’s correction is working a greater purpose in us (Hebrews 12:5-10) The Lord admonishes His own and He chastens those He loves (Revelation 3:19). God never disciplines us to destroy us. He uses it to shape our lives and make us more like Jesus. The Almighty chastens us for our good, not our worse.
No correction is enjoyable in the moment. (Hebrews 11:5-11) Yet, God’s discipline is part of the process of sanctification in the life of a Christian. Dear Christian, learn from correction and be willing to change. You won’t regret it.
As Christians, we seem to be living in a foreign land. Our values and beliefs are considered out of step with post-modern society. What was once considered right and good is now thought of as hateful and bigoted. We live in an upside down world. What the Bible teaches as “right” is wrong, and what the Scriptures consider “wrong” is right in our world. (Isaiah 5:20) How are we to respond to all of this?
The book of Daniel tells the account of someone who lived under similar circumstances. Daniel lived in a decadent, pagan world. Yet, he stood strong and was able to live a holy life despite his circumstances. He provides a model for us as we face an unknown future in a society that is growing increasingly hostile to the truth of God’s Word.
Holy living is still possible at this point in history. It is not only possible, it is commanded by Scripture. The way will not be easy and the cost will be high at times. But, the Bible does not change because of God’s immutable nature.
Daniel was empowered by God to obey and we are as well through the power of the Holy Spirit. I pray that God will richly bless us in our study of God’s Word. Thank you for reading this post.