I have a burden, a trepidation God will not relieve. I see and hear the news and know that dangerous times have reached the world. America is in a sad condition and in a growingly dangerous position. The Middle East is rife with conflict, war and evil doings. I hear pastor’s sermons from years gone by of the stage being set for the days of Jacob’s trouble. Adrian Rogers preached before His death that America’s leadership was causing a famine – a shortage of food. I hear from today’s whistle blowers farm land is being bought by the government. The government manipulates and pays farmers to control what and when they plant. Isaiah 32 speaks of horrid times for the land of Israel. The words are written to the women who are at ease.
Isaiah 32:9-20 (NASB)
9 Rise up, you women who are at ease,
And hear my voice;
Give ear to my word,
You complacent daughters.
10 Within a year and a few days
You will be troubled, O complacent daughters;
For the vintage is ended,
And the fruit gathering will not come.
11 Tremble, you women who are at ease;
Be troubled, you complacent daughters;
Strip, undress and put sackcloth on your waist,
12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine,
13 For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up;
Yea, for all the joyful houses and for the jubilant city.
14 Because the palace has been abandoned, the populated city forsaken.
Hill and watch-tower have become caves forever,
A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks;
I couldn’t help but think of our times. So many predicted afflictions and dire circumstances. And yet, we as believers are at ease. I know you are stressed dear one. But much of our stresses are self-chosen. My focuses are often carnal and not eternity based. We worry about wearing the right clothes, being the right size and having the right make up. It sounds silly as you read, but it’s true. We have cars and microwaves and internet shopping. We have so many conveniences we can’t keep up with the list we give ourselves. Yet, if we are discerning, we will be in our prayer closets asking God to prepare us for the days ahead.
My goal is not to be a “the sky is falling” Chicken Little. My burden is to seek out what God has told us is to come in His Word and live my life with wisdom having such knowledge. There is a very, very bright day coming. Isaiah finishes this chapter with “how blessed you will be” when He returns.
15 Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high,
And the wilderness becomes a fertile field,
And the fertile field is considered as a forest.
16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness
And righteousness will abide in the fertile field.
17 And the work of righteousness will be peace,
And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.
18 Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation,
And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places;
19 And it will hail when the forest comes down,
And the city will be utterly laid low.
20 How blessed will you be, you who sow beside all waters,
Who let out freely the ox and the donkey.
I end today with wisdom from His precious, life-giving, eternal, unchanging Word.
Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.
Be discerning oh women at ease.
Burning within me,