SUMMARY: Glamour gone
OVERVIEW: God pronounces judgment on the elders and rulers of his people. Instead of being a nation declaring the beauty and honor of God, Judah was more concerned with how she looked and how others perceived her.
BIG IDEA: Seek God for your needs instead of worldly substitutes like wealth, popularity, and manufactured religions.
KEY VERSE: Isaiah 3:10-11 (Isaiah to Israel)
Tell the godly that all will be well for them. They will enjoy the rich reward they have earned! But the wicked are doomed, for they will get exactly what they deserve.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
When you seek me, you will find joy, peace, and provision for your daily needs. You may not have as much as you want or wear the latest fashions, but I will take care of you. I will provide for your physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational or vocational needs. I can’t say the same for the wicked. They may get what they want through selfish ambition, but it will not last. So walk with me and enjoy my blessing.
I want you to focus more on growing your heart for me and for ministering to people than striving for personal accomplishments or public praise. Those whose priority is getting others’ attention—who think nothing of me or the needs of others—will be surprised. The fragrances they love will begin to stink. The hair they adorn will fall out. The warriors they trust will be defeated. And, the glamour they seek will be gone. So, seek me instead, and enjoy my love, provision, and find hope in the new day.
Evaluate the amount of time you spend getting information or life tips (fashion, investments, relationships) from the media compared to the amount of time you set aside to hear from God. Adjust that amount this week, taking a few extra pauses during your day to stop and hear from God or review something you read in the Bible.