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At this, my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.
Isaiah, the prophet, lamented in this chapter about the coming destruction of Babylon. God gave him a vision window into what was on the way for this dreaded nation of Babylon. But, when the man of God saw it, he did not rejoice that by this vision coming to pass, his own people would be able to return to their homeland. No! The devastation was so repulsive to the man of God that he wept for his dreaded foe.
“When You’re Sorry For Those Who’ve Done You Wrong,” it proves that your faith is more than just a creed you live by. Even while prophesying against Babylon for many years and being scorned for doing so, Isaiah broke under compassion and sorrow when he saw what God would do to them in the coming days. Our Christian faith must be a faith that compels us to love when we are hated and embrace when we are rejected, and pray for when we are cursed. If we’re not living that kind of faith through the power of the Holy Spirit, then we must check our motivation to see where we’ve gone off the rails. I hear a lot about tough love but what is really needed is tough faith.
Help my faith to be even stronger than my love if need be, to see those who would do me wrong come to faith in Christ. At the end, that’s all that really matters. Amen