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These woes reveal what happens when the created take creation into their own hands. God is patient, good, righteous, and just. Let’s read Isaiah 5:25-30: (Words in italics are my comments.)

“On this account the anger of the Lord has burned against His people,
And He has stretched out His hand against them and struck them down.
And the mountains quaked; and their corpses lay like refuse in the middle of the streets.
For all this His anger is not spent,
But His hand is still stretched out.

He will also lift up a standard to the distant nation,
And will whistle for it from the ends of the earth;
And behold, it will come with speed swiftly.”

(I can’t even get my dogs to come every time I call them. God can call a nation, and it must come; and be quick about it. Everything is His servant.)

When we're ready

“No one in it is weary or stumbles,
None slumbers or sleeps;
Nor is the belt at its waist undone,
Nor its sandal strap broken.
Its arrows are sharp and all its bows are bent;
The hoofs of its horses seem like flint, and its chariot wheels like a whirlwind.
Its roaring is like a lioness, and it roars like young lions;
It growls as it seizes the prey,
And carries it off with no one to deliver it.
And it will growl over it in that day like the roaring of the sea.
If one looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress;
Even the light is darkened by its clouds.

They mean business. God’s people got lazy and rebellious, and now He can even use the enemy to accomplish His purposes. He is glorious. May we love and serve Him, and may His name ever be praised!

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Worldly Direction

“O My people! Their oppressors are children,
And women rule over them.
O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray
And confuse the direction of your paths.”
Isaiah 3:12

When women and children can take the ship, weakness abounds. Look what is happening in their rebellion: Where are their guides leading them? Astray. What are they doing to the direction of their paths? Confusing it. That is horrible leadership.

There is much confusion in our world today. God’s Word gives us truth and stability to light our path and show us the right way to go. We want to be sure we don’t fall for some of the current cultural “wisdom” and find we have led others astray or into confusion.

Try to imagine the next scene as God arises to contend, stands to judge, enters, and speaks. Be still my heart. We can be sure He is right and will prevail. Let’s hear Him, and stand in awe of Him,

“ 13 The Lord arises to contend,
And stands to judge the people.
14 The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people,
‘It is you who have devoured the vineyard;
The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
Isaiah 3:13-14

Us? Let’s be sure we are walking humbly with God; not in rebellion to His Word.

“‘ 15 What do you mean by crushing My people
And grinding the face of the poor?’
Declares the Lord God of hosts.”
Isaiah 3:15

Oh, He is good. He will not tolerate leaders harming the sheep. He is making clear that our own ways won’t work, and the result will be harm. But if we will humbly believe His truth, guard and stand in it, then true help and refreshment can come.

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