“LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them” (Isaiah 26:16).TEXT — Isaiah 26:6-16
It was reported by God TV, on March 25, 2020, that an atheist doctor, Julian Urban, from Italy realized he needed to start asking God for help in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting their country while on duty. The 38-year-old medical doctor narrated: “Until two weeks ago, my colleagues and I were atheists. It was normal because we are doctors. We learned that science excludes the presence of God”.
He testified how he mocked his parents for going to church in the past. And how all that changed after meeting a pastor who was admitted to the hospital. “Nine days ago, a 75-year-old pastor was admitted into the hospital. He was a kind man. He had serious breathing problems. When we talk to each other, we cannot believe that, though we were once fierce atheists, we are now daily in search of peace, asking the Lord to help us continue so that we can take care of the sick”.
The passage before us demonstrates how pain and suffering can lead us to God. The wicked people in the time of Isaiah received favor from God on daily basis, yet they refused to change and imbibe righteousness. But when the judgment of God was upon them, they began to learn righteousness because they had come to their wits’ end. Experience has shown that wicked people pour out a prayer to God while under chastisement when their strong will and odious pride are crushed, and they seek to embrace the love and mercy of God which they had despised.
We may not know exactly what it is that can break a man and bring him into the saving grace of God. We will have to rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our soul-winning. Some people have responded to the gospel because of the kindness and favor shown to them by the preachers, who display Christ’s mercy and compassion in their approach.
The fact remains that many others will despise love and continue in sin until something serious and terrible happens to them.
It took a terrible pandemic to convince the unbelieving doctors mentioned above. The advice to sinners here is clear; do not wait until God is compelled to break you before you bend. Respond to His call without further delay.
Thought for the day
Better to bend to God’s will than to be bent by it.
- in one year
- JOHN 8 – 9