The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 48:9
For My Own Name’s sake I delay My wrath;
for the sake of My praise I hold it back from you, 
so as not to destroy you completely.
(Though we, like Israel, are guilty of disobedience, rebelliousness, and lukewarm attention,
the Lord declares His intention to restrain Himself from meting out
the deserved justice due us for our rebellious attitudes and actions.
The original language describes the Lord's extraordinary choice to muzzle His righteous anger
in much the same way an animal is muzzled to prevent it from acting.
Though the Lord chooses to extend His mercy to us because of His nature,
not only do we not deserve His mercy, but we also actually deserve the exact opposite.
We actually deserve the just deserts of our willful disobedience,
the wrath of His punishment which would completely separate us from Him,
but the Lord holds Himself back and muzzles His pronouncement of judgment over us.
Instead, His Name, carrying within it all the aspects of the holiness and righteousness of His character,
impels Him to withhold what is due us for the sake of proving the mercy inherent in that Name,
He gives us the opportunity today to acknowledge the great mercy inherent in His Name,
enabling us to more easily see and know the true nature
of the ocean of forgiveness and forbearance which He washes over us.)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ's love,


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