QT – Isaiah 3

Vs. 1, “See now, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah    both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water.”  The last chapter we applied “trust”.  The leaders of Judah trusted substitutes that would not help them in the coming day of judgment.  Natural resources, material wealth, military might, political experience, and even “religion” (vs.1–3).  God will now take away these things.  But that was not all. God would replace their proud leaders with young foolish ones and ones who would oppress (vs.4–8). Why? Because the nation not only sinned but boasted about it openly!  Isaiah was especially grieved because the women of the land had become addicted to wealth and fashion.  (Beware you girls…and even boys too) and were more interested in popularity rathar than Godliness.
 
Regarding application…Consequences.  Vs. 13, “The LORD takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people.”  It’s something we never liked ever since our parents punished us for the first time.  Yes…it is true…God is a God of forgiveness, graciousness, love etc…  But let us not forget His Power, Wrath and Justice!  And its important to note: Christians are not immune!  Just ask Lot or Annanias & Sapphira for starters!  I know without a doubt that I suffered greatly during those four years of incredible selfishness in my late teenage years.  Yes, God was patiently waiting for me to come to Him…but He was also dishing out some bigtime consequences for living the way I did.  Though I regret the years of pain…I also cannot dwell on the past.  Phil. 3:13, “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”  We must look forward to what I can do NOW for God!  Don’t substitute this life on cheap imitations when we can get the real thing!