When Mercy Runs Out

  • God is a merciful God. He is a God of great patience and He has provided us with ample opportunity to trust Him and obey Him. Yet there will come a day when that mercy and patience comes to an end and we will face the justice of the all knowing and all powerful God.

    Moab was a wicked nation that caused great trouble for Israel. Isaiah, in this chapter prophecies the destruction of Moab that will come due to their wickedness. God's mercy and patience had come to an end for Moab and they were answered with swift, severe, and righteous judgement. The judgement was so complete that it almost feels harsh to us as we read about it...yet God's judgment at the end of time will be just as severe (or more) yet will be perfectly righteous at the same time.

    Don't wait for God's mercy to run out. Don't view God's patience as weakness. Take the opportunities we have now to turn to Him, serve Him, and obey Him so that when the day of judgment comes we are ready!

    Isaiah 15, "The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence; [2] He is gone up to Bajith, and to Dibon, the high places, to weep: Moab shall howl over Nebo, and over Medeba: on all their heads shall be baldness, and every beard cut off. [3] In their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth: on the tops of their houses, and in their streets, every one shall howl, weeping abundantly. [4] And Heshbon shall cry, and Elealeh: their voice shall be heard even unto Jahaz: therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall cry out; his life shall be grievous unto him. [5] My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee unto Zoar, an heifer of three years old: for by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping shall they go it up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.[6] For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing. [7] Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows. [8] For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; the howling thereof unto Eglaim, and the howling thereof unto Beerelim. [9] For the waters of Dimon shall be full of blood: for I will bring more upon Dimon, lions upon him that escapeth of Moab, and upon the remnant of the land."