Last week we looked at God’s sovereignty in redemption. This week we turn our focus to another characteristic of God, one that tends to get neglected. The God of redemption is the same God of judgment. It is because of God’s justice there needs to be redemption for sin through a sacrifice. Because of Christ’s work and substitution on the cross for us, God can be just and the Justifier (Romans 3:26) for our redemption. Nevertheless, we need to keep on point that God is in control of judgment just as He is in control of redemption. This is seen played out in Isaiah 2:6-22. Israel chose to give in to Assyria and follow their pagan (non-Christian) customs. They turned from the true God and compromised to the culture. As a result, “they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made (verse 8)”. The consequence of the Israelite’s idolatry was exile. The church must be careful not to give into the culture as the culture continues to develop more hostility toward Christianity. While the church would not face exile exactly the Israelites, the people of God would have to face the outcome of their sin. Compromising is not the answer. The church needs to stand firm with conviction, yet lovingly show compassion and the love of Christ to others. Is this possible, though? It is when you really consider and meditate on who God is. If He is sovereign over judgment and in control, then compromising to man makes no sense. In the language of Isaiah 2, “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he? (verse 22)”. Rather than falling into the culture and facing God’s judgment, we need to realize God alone will be exalted (verses 9, 11, 12, 17) and it is man who will be humbled on that day. We do not trust man; we trust God. We should not fear man and give into the culture. We need to trust in God and abide in His Word. His is our only hope!
- Have you been tempted to compromise your Christian beliefs here recently? How can you live with conviction and compassion in the midst of those circumstances?