Judgement from a Caring God

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Isaiah 15:1-18:7; Proverb 23:12

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Isaiah 15:5 “My heart cries out for Moab; her fugitives flee to Zoar, to Eglath-shelishiyah. For at the ascent of Luhith they go up weeping; on the road to Horonaim they raise a cry of destruction;”

REFLECT
Whose heart was crying for Moab? In the context of Isaiah 15; it was likely to be God Himself. Question is, how could God’s heart be crying since He was the One carrying out the judgement? Wasn’t God being hypocritical?

God was not hypocritical. Judgment was to be meted against the sins of Moab (particularly for drawing close to Assyria) because God is holy. However, God’s holiness does not mean that He is cruel or uncaring. In fact, in Chapter 16:1-4; God provided refuge and help for who managed to flee the destruction. Sometimes we forget that the Moabites were also the children of God. It must have grieved God’s heart to witness and to punish the sins of His own children.

RELATE
Being a father of two children, I have at times tasted the grief of having to discipline them. It was an emotion held in tension between love and sadness. Most parents discipline their children because of love; yet it grieve our hearts to do so. We can choose not to discipline and allow our children to do whatever they want. However, this will most likely cause grieve to others (like ill-disciplined children terrorising others) or they will eventually break our hearts through sin. Perhaps in a similar way, even as God judge against Moab, He still cares for them and loves them. Even as we have to suffer God’s discipline at times; may we take heart that this is from the hands of a loving God who knows what He is doing.

REST
Loving Father, even if we have to suffer discipline from Your hands; may You give us strength and grace to persevere, knowing that You did it because You want to mould us to be more like Your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

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