Whom Do You Trust?
Meditate for a while on how trustworthy the Lord Jesus is. Thank him for how secure you are in him.
Read Isaiah 47:1–15
“Go down, sit in the dust,
Virgin Daughter Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne,
queen city of the Babylonians.
No more will you be called
tender or delicate.
2 Take millstones and grind flour;
take off your veil.
Lift up your skirts, bare your legs,
and wade through the streams.
3 Your nakedness will be exposed
and your shame uncovered.
I will take vengeance;
I will spare no one.”
4 Our Redeemer—the Lord Almighty is his name—
is the Holy One of Israel.
5 “Sit in silence, go into darkness,
queen city of the Babylonians;
no more will you be called
queen of kingdoms.
6 I was angry with my people
and desecrated my inheritance;
I gave them into your hand,
and you showed them no mercy.
Even on the aged
you laid a very heavy yoke.
7 You said, ‘I am forever—
the eternal queen!’
But you did not consider these things
or reflect on what might happen.
8 “Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure,
lounging in your security
and saying to yourself,
‘I am, and there is none besides me.
I will never be a widow
or suffer the loss of children.’
9 Both of these will overtake you
in a moment, on a single day:
loss of children and widowhood.
They will come upon you in full measure,
in spite of your many sorceries
and all your potent spells.
10 You have trusted in your wickedness
and have said, ‘No one sees me.’
Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you
when you say to yourself,
‘I am, and there is none besides me.’
11 Disaster will come upon you,
and you will not know how to conjure it away.
A calamity will fall upon you
that you cannot ward off with a ransom;
a catastrophe you cannot foresee
will suddenly come upon you.
12 “Keep on, then, with your magic spells
and with your many sorceries,
which you have labored at since childhood.
Perhaps you will succeed,
perhaps you will cause terror.
13 All the counsel you have received has only worn you out!
Let your astrologers come forward,
those stargazers who make predictions month by month,
let them save you from what is coming upon you.
14 Surely they are like stubble;
the fire will burn them up.
They cannot even save themselves
from the power of the flame.
These are not coals for warmth;
this is not a fire to sit by.
15 That is all they are to you—
these you have dealt with
and labored with since childhood.
All of them go on in their error;
there is not one that can save you.
New International Version (NIV)
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectHave you ever thought that a difficult situation would never end? Take hope that even Israel’s enemy would meet her demise.
This declaration of judgment on the city and empire of the Babylonians is devastating in its critique.
First, when God brought the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem and bring his people into exile because of their sins, “they showed them no mercy,” laying a heavy yoke “even on the aged” (6). Secondly, they trusted in themselves. Lovers of pleasure, lounging in their security (8), they thought no one could ever topple them from their perch. Thirdly, they relied on the counsel of sorcerers and astrologers to give them guidance. But none of these could save the people—they couldn’t even save themselves from the coming judgment (10–15)!
All of this has quite an up-to-date flavor. How easy it is for us to trust in worldly values and think we are doing well when actually God sees us as naked and covered in shame (Rev. 3:17–20). The good news is that when we turn from trusting in ourselves or in advisors who do not know God, we can find forgiveness, reconciliation and true security.
Where do you need to turn your mind from trusting in worldly advisors to trusting in God’s truth?
Thank You, God. You will judge the wicked, and You are hope for those who let Your kindness bring them to repentance (Rom. 2:4).
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