Pastor Tim Romero
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Isaiah 48:22 (ESV): "22 "There is no peace," says the Lord, "for the wicked."There are but few words that can carry the weight of the universe, of which are the words "there is no peace for the wicked." Let those words never apply to you lest you experience the haunting reality of the wrath of God.
Isaiah has been declaring in chapters 40-48 a sure deliverance for His people from the Babylonians. He promised specifically a man named Cyrus who would rise and deliver God's people from the bondage of slavery. He is a picture of the promised Messiah who will eternally deliver all who trust in Him from the wages of sin. That is the Gospel, the Good News that God will provide deliverance. However, the bad news is that for those who choose to stay in their sin there is no peace. The wicked will remain separated from Him for all of eternity. What a tragic end for the proud of heart.
The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 73:2–3 (ESV): "But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. 3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked." He goes on to say that this thought bothered him immensely until he went to the Sanctuary and the Lord revealed their end (Isa 73:17). The wicked will never be at peace. This is the best it gets for them. Hence the reason why God finds no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ez 33:11).
God is the provider of eternal peace for those who look to Him alone and the just judge for those who don't. Don't turn away from His grace today. Run to it and receive it. It's available through the person of Jesus Christ. If you already have peace then find someone who doesn't and share the hope of Christ, the Prince of Peace, that they too might enjoy eternity in peace, amen?
Father, thank You for giving us perfect peace through the giving of Your Son. Jesus has made atonement for the sins of those who put their trust in Him and He has made peace with You on our behalf. May we live in this peace and share it with others we pray in Jesus name, amen.