Thoughts for today, based on Isaiah 33:
The entire land is in trouble. A generation that has never felt destruction is destroying everything around it. Their king expects others to respect their promises to him, while he betrays his promises to them.
The ambassadors of God’s people weep in bitter disappointment, because that king has refused their petition for peace. His princes have broken the pact made with God’s people. They have no respect for anyone. The roads to Jerusalem are deserted; no one travels them anymore.
These Assyrians will be destroyed. Their own breath will turn to fire and consume the land. Even in Jerusalem, the sinners will shake with fear, crying, “Who can live here in the presence of this all-consuming fire?”
The ones who can live there will be those “who are honest and fair, who reject making a profit by fraud, who stay far away from bribes, who refuse to listen to those who plot murder, who shut their eyes to all enticement to do wrong.” (v.15)
Wait on the Lord. He is merciful, your strength each day and your salvation in time of trouble. The Lord is very great and, though he lives in heaven, he will make Jerusalem his home of justice and righteousness. In the day of judgment, he will be our sure foundation. Our Mighty One will be a wide river of protection no enemy can cross. He will provide a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.
And the key to this treasure is the fear of the Lord. (NLT’96)