26 Feb Isaiah 30:18 God of Justice #216
Just as I long to spend every second of the day with Colby and when I do, I know him on a more intimate level, the same holds true for my Father. The more I spend time with him, the more I get to know him and the more I get to know him, the more I want to spend time with him. And when I spend time with him? I am just taken back by his goodness.
Isaiah 30:18 says, “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”
What I love about this verse is it reveals so much about God’s character and how good he is. This verse also gives us direction in how we are to live. The Lord waits because he desires to be gracious. Seriously, how sweet is he? Whenever it feels like he is delaying, remember there is always a reason and purpose behind it. By no means does he wait just to tease or torture you. That is not who he is. He is compassionate and loving Father that always has your best interest in mind.
Also, I love that this verse states that he is a God of justice. He desires to bring justice to every situation that you are facing by restoring every area of your life that contains dysfunction or disorder. And, the last part of the verse just gets better, “blessed are those who wait for him.” Or as the message translation says, “Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.” As I’ve said in so many other posts, waiting on God is beautiful. It’s a sweet time and not only does he call you blessed when you do, but those who wait on the Lord are the “lucky ones.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful that the Lord is gracious, compassionate and just. It’s so hard to comprehend how amazing he is, but I love how this verse encompasses so much of his character. Before I close, I want to share the message translation too, because I just love it so much, “But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.” God is taking the time to do everything right in your life!
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