“Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.” – Isaiah 26:20-21
I’m a guy who likes to know my options. How about you?
When we know our options, it just makes life a lot easier, I think. And in our verse today, God makes our options clear. We either enter His rest or we enter His wrath.
Our verses are talking about the Tribulation period at the end of time, a time about which you don’t want to take your chances. No. Instead, weigh out the options. Ask yourself, “Have I weighed out the options to truly take him up on that gift of salvation?”
Listen, God is telling us that He wants to deliver us out of the Tribulation before it comes—and that’s the heart of any groom, isn’t it? I mean, we’re His bride. He’s the groom. And the heart of any groom says, “Come to me. Come home. I love you and I want you out of that before it begins to rain down hard.” That’s the heart of any groom.
Maybe you’re thinking otherwise today and saying, “No, Bob, I think maybe God wants us as a church to go through the Great Tribulation.” And I just say, show me a groom who does that to his bride. Show me a groom who, right before the wedding—and that’s what Heaven is, right, the marriage supper of the Lamb, the big wedding where we get to meet Him and spend forever together—show me a groom who, right before that wedding, says to his bride, “I want to set you on fire. I want to abandon you. I want to obliterate you.” No. You know a groom like that? If you do, don’t marry him. Okay?
I mean, what does any groom do before the wedding? You know what the groom does? He takes her out. He shows her how much he loves her. He picks her up, and that’s what we’re waiting for, for Him to pick us up and to take us home and to carry us across the threshold.
Does that get you excited today? Have you weighed out the options? Because when you weigh them out, I think it is just so clear what we should choose.
Choose to rest in Jesus today so that He will deliver you from the Great Tribulation.
Thank You for being a good groom who wants to spare me from wrath! I choose to rest in You today by believing what You did for me on the cross. Come and fill my life afresh today and be Lord of my life from this day forward!