Wickedness provides its own fire! Injustice produces thorns and thistles as its crop. It is the litter of injustice and wickedness that provides fuel for a coming judgment. Such a nation has no resistance of spirit and heart, when the Hitlers and Stalins arise.
There are some hard words here. For us, God’s people.
Isaiah warns church leaders who take God’s people away from Him (v16) – God is against them.
But it’s v13 that seems to be a crux.
“The people did not turn to him who struck them, nor inquire of the LORD of hosts.”
We see this outworked in Israel’s history. Even godly leaders such as Joshua have marks in their lives of not inquiring of the Lord.
It’s a strong word to us – ASK GOD! TALK TO GOD!
Each day we need to be turning over to the Lord our lives, asking for His help, casting our cares on Him.
We can give thanks though that in Jesus, God’s anger has turned away from us. That because of Jesus His hand is not stretched out in judgement on us.
* Dear Lord God, please show us today what You want us to know from Your word.
Thank You for this passage, hard though some of the words might be.
Please uphold our church leaders, that they would only point people to Jesus.
And for all of us Your people, please mark us as disciplined in our walk with You. Daily may we come to You Lord God.
Soften our proud hearts, bend our stubborn wills to You.