The Lord is powerful. As I have learned the past days, His power can build or destroy nations and, in a more personal setting, organizations. Sometimes, the only thing standing between the judgement of God to nations or organizations are His children. So what are we going to do with this tremendous power? Are we going to give a blessing or a curse?
And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them. And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them… In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.” (Isaiah 19:21, 22, 24, 25 ESV)
In the end, the goal of God’s discipline is not just for judgement. It is for people – His creation – to see God, to repent and come back to Him.