Go, my people, enter your rooms
and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
until his wrath has passed by.
See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling
to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
The earth will disclose the blood shed on it;
the earth will conceal its slain no longer.
Amongst other things I read in the Bible this morning was Isaiah 26 which is a passage chock full of imagery that speaks of God and his salvation of the righteous and his destruction of the wicked.
But it was the two verses above that really hit me. This passage hit me again in the heart about how God is going to come back to save some people and punish others for their rebellion against him.
That is reality
I prayed that God would give me a renewed sense of reality and went out of my office to buy a heater and it hit me in a real way.
The guy who I bought the heater off if he doesn’t know Jesus he is under God’s terrible judgement!
The woman pushing that pram if she doesn’t know Jesus she is under God’s terrible judgement!
The funky looking girl reading a book in the cafe if she doesn’t know Jesus she is under God’s terrible judgement!
Then I thought about my friends and family, if they don’t know Jesus they are under God’s terrible judgement!
And the only thing that can save them is the gospel!
This is reality
It hit me how much I really don’t live in reality. Of course I know intellectually about the reality of the coming judgement. I know intellectually about the reality that salvation if found only in Jesus. But I go through my day without ever thinking about reality. I go through the day without letting reality shape my day.
I don’t let reality inspire me to pray
I don’t let reality give me courage to tell my friends about Jesus
I don’t let reality impinge on how I use my time
I don’t let reality push me to use my money generously
My prayer is that I will live in reality every moment of every day.
Are you living in reality?