13 You who are far away, hear what I have done; you who are near, acknowledge my power!
14 The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: “Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?”
15 Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil--
16 they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them.
Why do the evil folk succeed and why do the good suffer? Those are two common questions. However, they miss the reality of God. They miss God's justice and mercy. There is something temporary about the questions. In the passage some are wondering who can stand against the 'consuming fire?' Well, Isaiah provides the answer...those who acts justly will be safe. They will be on the heights, they will have food, and in a desert land, they will have water. So, here's a question for us, is it worth it to act well?
Lord Jesus, help me to do right by you and by others. Amen.