December 28, Monday Devotion
24 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sworn this oath: “It will all happen as I have planned. It will be as I have decided. 25 I will break the Assyrians when they are in Israel; I will trample them on my mountains. My people will no longer be their slaves nor bow down under their heavy loads. 26 I have a plan for the whole earth, a hand of judgment upon all the nations. 27 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken—who can change his plans? When his hand is raised, who can stop him?”
28 This message came to me the year King Ahaz died: 29 Do not rejoice, you Philistines, that the rod that struck you is broken—that the king who attacked you is dead. For from that snake a more poisonous snake will be born, a fiery serpent to destroy you! 30 I will feed the poor in my pasture; the needy will lie down in peace. But as for you, I will wipe you out with famine and destroy the few who remain. 31 Wail at the gates! Weep in the cities! Melt with fear, you Philistines! A powerful army comes like smoke from the north. Each soldier rushes forward eager to fight.
32 What should we tell the Philistine messengers? Tell them,
“The Lord has built Jerusalem; its walls will give refuge to his oppressed people.”
God seems to always have a care for the oppressed. There is something about oppression that moves God in ways that sometimes seem unfamiliar. But the oppressed people receive a refuge. How many times do we confuse our daily struggles with oppression? Do you think there is a refuge for us? Why or why not?
O God, please never let make light of those who are going through real oppression and reduce it down to something lesser. May your Spirit be with those people. Amen.