A Leader’s Heart of Love for the Unlovely
Therefore I will bewail the vine of Sibmah, With the weeping of Jazer; I will drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh; for battle cries have fallen over your summer fruits and your harvest. Isaiah 16:9
Someone must have forgotten to tell Isaiah that he lived in Old Testament times. The picture of most ancient Hebrew leaders is anger and eagerness for God’s righteous judgment to fall upon the wicked. And yet, here stands Isaiah, crying out for heathen
Isaiah demonstrates the attitude of a godly leader who sees approaching judgment for unbelievers. He grieves over what is coming for lost souls. Isaiah’s lament over the fate of these ancient nations reveals the attitude of a truly godly leader.
We ought to stand in awed silence when we see the judgment of God falling on those who have forsaken His way. But we should never see His judgment as an occasion to celebrate our own righteousness. We should grieve for the lost and reflect deeply on the grace and mercy God has extended to us.