Dashed To Pieces
As our sin grows our lives become unmanageable by allowing the sin to become our master. The sin looks different to all people but it is still the same under the hood. Behind the mask of a smile resides the pain of someone separated from God. The list of carnal sins is many and the wretched man that I am is the same wretched man as everyone else. We are all the same in God’s eyes.
Isiah (chapter 13) sees something that we see today, but he sees in the way of time in which he lived. We need to apply our own vision to the prophecy to allow us to see the opiate addiction, pornography and various sins that we are surrounded today.
14 It shall be as the hunted gazelle,
And as a sheep that no man takes up;
Every man will turn to his own people,
And everyone will flee to his own land.
15 Everyone who is found will be thrust through,
And everyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
16 Their children also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
Their houses will be plundered
And their wives ravished.
This is exactly what to our lives as our sin grows and begins driving the bus. We have turned our back to God and the cost is everything.
It is only by the grace of God and the mercy of His heart that we have any chance of redemption. For some, it takes time as the chains of the enemy have been in place for so long they are comfortable and go unnoticed.
Once we find the door, escape is merely a Step away. When we admitted we were powerless over sin and our lives had become unmanageable is when we realize the healing power of Jesus Christ. It is at this moment we can begin to believe the mask can be removed and the pain set free. We begin to see God’s work through other people who love us because we are them and they are us. Isiah describes this perfectly in chapter 14
1 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The strangers will be joined with them, and they will cling to the house of Jacob.
2 Then people will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the land of the Lord; they will take them captive whose captives they were, and rule over their oppressors.
Our oppressors are the sin that once ruled over us, it is now the servant of the Lord in our lives. As we love those who do not love themselves we are their servants, their maids until they love themselves enough to love others.