An Appointment With The Word 'Woe'
"For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness." Isaiah 26:9 One reason there is so much evil in the world is that judgment does not come automatically or quickly. We teach our children by applying punishment as a result of their disobedience, and that's how they learn; in fact the Word of God tells us to do exactly that (Proverbs 13:24). But the Lord holds back his judgments, giving people total freedom to make their choices. He has given us his Word which, if anyone has a heart to read it, will find in it all the answers to the great questions of life - why we're here, where we're going, and how we are to get there. Those who choose disinterest in the Word of God will show that by the fruit of their lives. They will walk in deception because the principles of the world are diametrically opposed to the principles set forth in the Word of God, and a man's walk will be determined by the choices he makes, either the philosophies of the world or the Word of God. In the philosophies of the world, evil is called good and good is called evil, and the Lord pronounces sure judgment upon those who choose the world. "WOE to those who call evil good, and good evil;" Isaiah 5:20 Let us pay attention to the word "WOE." God isn't playing games, his choice of Words carries a depth of meaning that we would do well to heed. When God says "Woe," you can be sure there is a woe that will come as a result of refusing his Word. Those who call evil good and good evil have an appointment with the word "woe" and it surely will come. And it will be terrible. The opposite is also true; the blessing of God will be upon those who reject the philosophies of the world and who instead choose the principles put forth in the Word of God. But in like manner, the blessing may not appear immediately. There have been great saints of God who have suffered terribly, and we see that cause and effect are not immediate. I love to meditate on the story of Betsie Ten Boom. As her sister Betsie lay dying in a concentration camp, Corrie Ten Boom was overwhelmed by the suffering she saw her going through. The words of Betsie speak for all time to the grace she had in suffering as she said, "There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still." How a suffering saint can speak such sentiment pays homage to the grace of God in the midst of suffering. Betsie died, but yet she lives ...in the very real place we know as "heaven." She will spend all eternity enjoying the wonders of that place, in health and peace and great joy. Conversely, the men of the world will live in an eternal hell, spending their eternity in regret, an eternity realizing what the word "woe" means. What could be worse than suddenly realizing you will spend eternity in regret, in the place called hell? The sufferings of the present time are not going to go on indefinitely. When Satan's allotted time comes to an end, the Lord Jesus Christ will come and set up his Kingdom upon the earth. The Word of God tells us that he will rule with a rod of iron (Revelation 2:27). When the Lord Jesus Christ takes his Throne in Jerusalem to reign over all the earth, evil will come to its end. There will no longer be children murdered for the sake of convenience. There will no longer be homosexuals taking leadership in the churches. There will no longer be a "New World Order." Righteousness will no longer be penalized. There will be no more cakes made for sodomite marriages. There will no longer be heads of countries taking land that does not belong to them. In fact, Israel will be totally restored to ALL of her covenant land and there will be no tongue opposing that. When God's righteous principles rule this world, the inhabitants will learn righteousness very quickly. The day of calling evil good and good evil will be over, and the righteous will bask in the joys of a world made right.