Say to the righteous that it will go well with them,
For they will eat the fruit of their actions.
Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him,
For what he deserves will be done to him.
God cares what you do!
Salvation—being forgiven for your sins and welcomed into God’s family forever—is a free gift. It was purchased for you by Jesus when He went to the cross for you.
You don’t earn your salvation by being good enough. You don’t lose it by being bad enough. It’s entirely dependent on what Jesus did, not what you do. You simply receive God’s gift by faith. No wonder the Apostle Paul exclaims, “thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).
But God is reminding us today that although salvation is a free gift, it does not mean that God doesn’t care how we live after we’re saved. Just the opposite—the terrible price Jesus had to pay for our forgiveness shows just how much God hates sin.
Today, Isaiah is telling us one of the basic truths about how God has set up this universe. Those who do what’s right will ultimately be blessed for it and those who do what’s wrong will experience negative consequences. Any actions that seem to have escaped their consequences in this life will find justice in the next. It’s never a mistake to do what is right.