Isaiah 3:10 – “Tell the righteous that it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.”
The Prophet Isaiah from Old Testament times was trying to tell his people that God was so angry with them he was about to drop the hammer on them.
From the time of the Exodus, God had been trying to get his people to stop worshipping idols made with their own hands. To stop their many sins. The majority of them failed to listen.
Even if it’s never occurred to you – the Lord has made it plain to me that substance abuse of any sort is a form of idol worship. He doesn’t want that for us.
So in chapter three, Isaiah is telling his people that judgment was coming and it wasn’t going to be pretty.
Here’s what you should know. God is patient. He’s kind. He shows us undeserved mercy and grace in the face of our behavior. He really doesn’t want to judge us or punish us, but as his children – sometimes we deserve it and need it.
In the middle of his angry rebuke, though, Isaiah tells the righteous (by definition, those who have a covenant relationship with the Living God) not to worry – that everything is going to be fine for them.
All of this took place nearly 2500 years ago – around 739 BC in fact. A quick look around today will tell you that people are still largely the same now as they were then. We have those who don’t listen, whose lives are filled with sin. We also have the righteous – those who are in relationship with the Father, Son, and Spirit.
We were given the freedom to choose for ourselves the kind of life we want and God is still incredibly patient with us. The turning point for me was when I asked the Lord to show me which parts of my life broke his heart.
In mercy and with an abundance of grace he did. My role in this was to listen and obey. I’m by no means perfect at this – but my life does reflect evidence of his mercy. And some of the changes he called me to make have endured for nearly 25 years already. Yet I still struggle with sin, some of what I do still breaks his heart but God continues to be patient and kind with me because of our covenant relationship.
If you’re ready to see your life improve the first thing I’d tell you is to find a quiet place where you can hear God speaking to you – then listen and obey. Years from now, you’ll be glad you did.