God never delights in bringing judgment on His people. In fact, imposing punishment on His people means something has gone terribly wrong. But, as a Holy God, sin cannot be left unanswered. Israel had a cycle of obedience and disobedience.
It would only take one cycle of this to see that obedience is the right way to go! Even under the law, there was one thing that would hold back the hand of judgment: repentance. Repenting means, “To turn away from.”
When Israel, or a prophet on behalf of the people, repented, it would stay God’s hand. Or, in the midst of judgment, if one repented, a new day of restoration would begin.
Even though we are under grace, and don’t have to live under the threat of judgment like the Israelites did, we should still possess a heart of obedience to the will of God. This is the surest way to tap into the full measure of God’s blessings for our lives!
Tomorrow’s Reading: Obadiah 1:1-21; Revelation 4:1-11; Psalm 132:1-18; Proverbs 29:24-25