Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are those who wait for Him.
Isaiah 30: 18
The prophet gives us a very interesting thought here in that God is shown to think and to act in ways that are truly foreign to my way of viewing life. Over the first seventeen verses of this chapter Isaiah has been discussing an on-going and reoccurring theme. He has described the ways that God’s people have chosen to abandon their faith and trust in Him and do what God has told them not to do. In this case they have actually aligned themselves with their historic captors, the Egyptians. They have placed their safety and security in the hands of the bearers of the whip of their humiliation and entered into a treaty with people who worship many gods but not the one true God.
Yet, God waits for His people with a heart of grace and with hands of mercy. In fact, Isaiah is pointing to the reality that God is prepared to extend this grace and mercy to them because of their rejection of His way and their resultant rejection of Him. I fear that this is not how I would react to the same circumstances. It is hard to imagine that I could see the treachery of others, especially those who are close to me, as a reason for me to prepare to extend grace and mercy to them. Yet, God does this very thing, and He has done exactly this for me on too many occasions to count.
God brings about justice, and He is just. There is order in the universe that He devised. Although we people do so much to disrupt God’s design with our head strong and self-determined actions, God will prevail. The timing of His establishment of His just order is in the Lord’s hands and serves His holy purposes. So, God sees our rebellious acts of rushing off in our own direction with worldly allies as opportunity to demonstrate His unquenchable love and His unending grace. As for my part in this, I think that God wants me to do two things. He is saying to trust Him totally and to wait on Him always so that I do not tempt His justice, and He desires for me to allow Christ to penetrate my heart to such depths that I can always hold out God’s grace and mercy to people who need to know the source of all true blessing.