Here is another somber dose of reality regarding sin and its consequences. Here is the continuing oracle of the fading and withering effect of the fall. There is nothing good in sin. It deceives us into thinking it is good but in the end its way is death. Sin always and only destroys. It never edifies. It never makes us better. It always makes us worse. Sin should be hated at all costs.
Is there any other enemy this murderer named "sin" into my bosom and embrace him as if he were my best friend. that we embrace as readily as we do sin? If a murderer broke into my home to kill my family would I welcome him and offer him tea and toast? Yet over and over and over I welcome Foolish woman that I am - I need God's grace.
In Isaiah 14 the people have put their hope in the creation rather than in the Creator. They are idolators and this world is their idol. Idols will always fail us. This world will fail us if it is our hope. The beauty and splendor of creation should point us to the greater beauty and incomparable splendor of its Creator. He should be our great hope and our glorious treasure. Hear Matthew Henry's words on these verses:
"Those who lay up their treasure in the things of the earth place their confidence in that which will shortly be utterly broken down and disolved. Worldly men dwell in it as in a castle, an imperishible tower; but it shall be removed like a shack, so easily so suddenly, and without any loss to the Great Landlord. It shall fall and not rise again; but there shall be a new heavens and a new earth in which shall dwell nothing but righteousness."
Oh saints, in Christ we are redeemed from the pit that our sins deserve. There is sure and certain hope in the Rock of our salvation.
Secure in His grace & unmoved in the earthquake,