Reflection: Judgement by decay


The situation in Zimbabwe today is uncannily similar to the fate that overtook Jerusalem and Judah in the second half of the eighth century BC when they were dominated by predatory kings hungry for power and plunder.

The prophet Isaiah spoke out against the sin of his nation and warned of the judgement to come at the hands of God for the arrogant and the proud, those who hoard treasure in their houses and who worship a version of God that is fashioned in their own image.

Zimbabwe is in a state of decay. There is no food, no water, no electricity, no harvest, no hope for political change and no justice. War lords inflict terror on rural villages, strict media laws forbid coverage of the true horror that people face every day and as time passes and the politicians negotiate, decay infests every layer of society and our house of stones crumbles around us.

As we take a moment to reflect on the heap of ruins that our nation has become and we experience the effects of God’s judgement of the evil regime that has been our oppressor for so long, hear the word of the Lord:

The Lord will have compassion; once again he will choose Zimbabwe and will settle them in their own land. Aliens will join them…They will make captives of their captors and rule over their oppressors.’ (Is. 14:1,2)

Isaiah’s message woven throughout his prophesies is this – return, repent and be renewed. Isaiah foresaw the saviour God would send to redeem his people and the cross set before him and proclaimed it as a message of hope for those who believed.

In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged until he establishes justice on earth.’ (Is. 42:3)

We may be hard pressed by the decay creeping into the fabric of our every day lives but because of Jesus we are not abandoned, because of Jesus mercy can triumph over justice, because of Jesus we can approach our Heavenly Father and petition him for our lives and the future of Zimbabwe, because of Jesus we have hope that stretches beyond this life and that is something that no-one can take away.

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God…No-one can deliver you out of my hand.’ (Is 43: 1-13)

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