Read Isaiah 19-23
In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. Isaiah 19:24
Chapters 13 through 23 of Isaiah teach us some important lessons. First, God is in control of the nations of the world, and He can do with them what He pleases. "Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small" (Friedrich von Logau, translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow). Second, God especially hates the sin of pride (see Isa. 13:11; 16:6; 23:9; and Prov. 8:13). When nations turn from the living God to trust their wealth and their armaments, God must show them that He is the only sure refuge. Third, God judges the nations for the way they treat each other. Judah was the only nation mentioned that had God's law, yet God held the other ten Gentile nations accountable for what they did. Finally, God always gives a word of promise and hope to His people. Babylon will fall, but God will care for Judah (see Isa. 14:1-3, 32). Moab will not accept sanctuary from Jerusalem, but God will one day establish Messiah's throne there (see 16:5). Assyria and Egypt may be avowed enemies of Judah, but one day the three nations will together glorify God (see 19:23-25).
Therefore, no matter how frightening the national or international situation may become, God's children can have peace because they know that Almighty God is on His throne. The nations may rage and plot against God, but "the One enthroned in heaven laughs" (Ps. 2:4). When the Lord of heaven and earth is our Father, and we gladly wear Christ's yoke, we have nothing to fear.
Applying God's Truth:
- When you consider the turmoil around the world, what are some of your biggest fears?
- What difference does it make in your personal life to believe that "God is in control of the nations of the world"?
- In spite of national and international problems, what would you say is God's "word of promise and hope" to His people today?
Devotions for Comfort and Hope ©2005 by Dr. Warren Wiersbe. Used by permission of David C Cook. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.