Isaiah 13:6-9 (NASB)
6 Wail, for the day of the Lord is near!
It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore all hands will fall limp,
And every man’s heart will melt.
8 They will be terrified,
Pains and anguish will take hold of them;
They will writhe like a woman in labor,
They will look at one another in astonishment,
Their faces aflame.
9 Behold, the day of the Lord is coming,
Cruel, with fury and burning anger,
To make the land a desolation;
And He will exterminate its sinners from it.
As Christians, we look for the Coming of the Lord with joy and anticipation. However, Isaiah has warned us that the day of the Lord will not be welcomed by those who reject the Lord, for the Coming of the Lord will be a time of pain, anguish, fury, burning anger, and desolation for those who have chosen their sins and the lusts of the flesh over God. In this time of preparation, we must examine our own hearts and ask the Lord to cleanse and purify them so that we will be among those who greet the Second Coming of Jesus with joy.
Lord, we know Your judgment is devastating for those who reject You, but Your mercy is great for those who love You. Examine our hearts and cleanse away all unrighteousness; fill our hearts with Your love, and prepare us to welcome the coming day of the Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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