Today’s devotion from Isaiah 31 & 32.
The people of God have become overconfident. They have grown to feel entitled to the many blessings He has brought them. Therefore, God will shake them. He will remind them of the source of their blessing by removing them. The palace will be deserted. The city will be abandoned. The watchtower will become barren except for the wildlife that overruns it.
If God loves his people, why would He willingly remove His blessings from them? Of course we know the “right” answer. We know in our heads that this was God’s way of correcting them, but the power of that knowledge is lessened between the head and the heart.
We can read the indictment again and again. We can see how the people refused to trust God and, instead, turned to Egypt, to beasts of war, and to human means of protection. Somehow, these facts just don’t connect internally for us. Even though I know these things, there is just something that is lacking.
The connection comes in Isaiah 32:12, “until the Spirit from on high is poured out on us.” When the facts of God are reinforced by the person of God in our lives, then things will truly make sense. “Then the desert will become an orchard, and the orchard will seem like a forest. Then justice will inhabit the wilderness and righteousness will dwell in the orchard. The result of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever. Then my people will dwell in a peaceful place, in safe and secure dwellings.” (Isaiah 32:15-18, CSB)
In that day, God’s righteous wrath will fall like hail on the enemies of His people and destroy them. His people will be happy, not when they have all the physical and material blessings possible, but when they have God Himself poured out on them.
We live in a turbulent time. People are stockpiling weapons and food in preparation for some nameless apocalyptic event. There is a sense of unease that spreads across the land even though we are not experiencing war. We live in nice homes with modern conveniences, but there is no true peace. This is because true and lasting peace is impossible until we dwell in that peaceful place where the Spirit has been poured out.