Isaiah 24 lets us know what is to come. “And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the slave, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor”. All of a sudden, everything will be equalized. God is the great equalizer. We all will be cut down and scattered. The past will catch up with us and we will be faced with the punishment of the Lord.
Why? “The earth lies defiled under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant”. In a word – sin. We have broken God’s laws and failed to keep the covenant. We have missed the mark and failed the test. We will pay a price for our sin. God will deal equally with all of us. There are no passes. There will be no favoritism. We will stand before God and have to answer for our sin. And when we do, we’ll be faced with punishment.
Of course, God has made a way for us since Isaiah wrote these words. God realized that everyone would be falling short, so He sent His Son as the payment for our sin. He sent Jesus to the Cross to deal with our transgressions. He has paid the price through the shed blood of the Savior and has given us a way to overcome the bleak future that Isaiah paints. But we have to receive the gift. We have to take the grace and make it our own. We have to come to a saving relationship with the only solution to our sin problem.
The outcome will be fantastic if we get it right. We will “give glory to the name of the Lord” and receive grace by the shed blood of the Lamb. Isaiah paints the picture correctly – we will be faced with God’s wrath because of our sin. But there is a solution – the saving grace of Jesus. We have the opportunity to overcome the past and have a bright and eternal future with our God where we will be in His presence for eternity and bringing Him honor and glory and praise forever!