Sunday Devotion, December 6
16 The Lord says, “Beautiful Zion is haughty: craning her elegant neck, flirting with her eyes, walking with dainty steps, tinkling her ankle bracelets. 17 So the Lord will send scabs on her head; the Lord will make beautiful Zion bald.” 18 On that day of judgment the Lord will strip away everything that makes her beautiful: ornaments, headbands, crescent necklaces, 19 earrings, bracelets, and veils; 20 scarves, ankle bracelets, sashes, perfumes, and charms; 21 rings, jewels, 22 party clothes, gowns, capes, and purses; 23 mirrors, fine linen garments, head ornaments, and shawls.
24 Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink. She will wear a rope for a sash, and her elegant hair will fall out. She will wear rough burlap instead of rich robes. Shame will replace her beauty. 25 The men of the city will be killed with the sword, and her warriors will die in battle. 26 The gates of Zion will weep and mourn. The city will be like a ravaged woman, huddled on the ground.
4 1 In that day so few men will be left that seven women will fight for each man, saying, “Let us all marry you! We will provide our own food and clothing. Only let us take your name so we won’t be mocked as old maids.
Israel has spent its time and resources on pleasing everything except God. She has flirted to be attracted to what seems to be good in the moment - the other nations - that she misses how this will affect her future. Today several of us spend our time and resources to please or impress other people because it looks good in the moment and miss how this will affect our future. We bring our own downfall by flirting with "success" instead of relying on what God provides.
Who do you try to impress? What do you spend most of your time doing?
Lord, I spend most of my time trying to get the approval of other people without considering how you view me. Help me with strength to rely on you. Amen.