Isaiah 3 … Consider Him, Our Sole Source of Security

For behold, the Lord God of hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah
Both supply and support, the whole supply of bread
And the whole supply of water;
(3:1).

The picture painted is a horrific scene of what is coming, of all that awaits the children of God who live in the Promised Land. But rather than separating themselves to the glory of God, they chose to chase the frivolous pursuits of the world. And it’s difficult not to be stunned, wondering how on earth they could ever have ignored such explicit warnings, how they would ever have opted for cheap substitutes, how they could have so rebelled against His glorious Presence.

 For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen,
Because their speech and their actions are against the Lord,
To rebel against His glorious presence,
(3:8).

And with that in mind, there comes clarity regarding His harsh judgment. We are once again reminded of the ingrained weakness in our propensity that fails to appreciate what we have, until we don’t. I was reminded of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi,” from 1970, a song emphasizing humanity’s bend in taking things for granted, pointing out the inclination of our failure to appreciate the beauty we currently have, until it’s gone.

“Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot.”

God’s people had slipped into that dreaded place, taking for granted they would always enjoy the privilege of dwelling in His place of paradise, Jerusalem, the place of His Presence.

And in this complacency, coupled with pride, they turned away from seeking His glorious Presence and opted for the tantalizing, yet fleeting, luxuries and pleasures of the nations around them. Actually, this seems to have been their problem since the beginning. Rather than relishing in the beauty of being a nation whose God was to be their King, they wanted to be like everyone else.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; and they said to him, “Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day—in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them,” (1 Samuel 8:4-9).

And God warned them then, as He warned them through Isaiah, there is only One in Whom we find a guaranteed safeguard for our present and our future, only One in Whom we have assurance for our destiny; Only in Him, Our Sole Source of Security.

Consider Him, Our Sole Source of Security

  • He Is Our Sole Source of Security, not the might of the warrior
    • The mighty man and the warrior…(3:2).

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

  • He Is Our Sole Source of Security, not the wisdom of men
    • …The judge and the prophet,
      The diviner and the elder,

      The captain of fifty and the honorable man,
      The counselor and the expert artisan,
      And the skillful enchanter,
      (3:2-3).

Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men, (1 Corinthians 1:20-25).

  • He Is Our Sole Source of Security, not the arrogance of greed.
    • The Lord arises to contend,
      And stands to judge the people.
      14 The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people,
      “It is you who have devoured the vineyard;
      The plunder of the poor is in your houses.
      15 “What do you mean by crushing My people
      And grinding the face of the poor?”
      Declares the Lord God of hosts.
      (3:13-15).

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets,” (Matthew 7:12).

  • He Is Our Sole Source of Security, not the schemes of seduction.
    • Moreover, the Lord said, “Because the daughters of Zion are proud
      And walk with heads held high and seductive eyes,
      And go along with mincing steps
      And tinkle the bangles on their feet,
      (3:16).

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil, (Ephesians 6:11).

  • He Is Our Sole Source of Security, not the beauty of outer adornment.
    • In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments,19 dangling earrings, bracelets, veils, 20 headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets, 21 finger rings, nose rings, 22 festal robes, outer tunics, cloaks, money purses, 23 hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans and veils, (3:18-23).

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” (Matthew 5:8).

How do we respond to Him, Our Sole Source of Security?

The nation of Israel took God’s Presence and blessings for granted. Through His prophet, God had warned them of all that was to come. But sadly, it would not be until it was too late, until what they had was gone and they were drug away and taken captive to Babylon, that they would realize it is only God Who can ever be Our Sole Source of Security.

By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down and wept,
When we remembered Zion,
(Psalm 137:1).

So what can we do, to keep from falling into the same trap? For we know there is none mightier, none wiser, none more satisfying, none more truthful, and none more beautiful than Him, Our Sole Source of Security. How could we possibly look to anything or anyone else?

But we know the enemy is crafty in his allurements to lead us away from devotion to Christ, Our Sole Source of Security.

But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ, (2 Corinthians 11:3).

“To take someone for granted” means “to fail to properly appreciate (someone or something), especially as a result of overfamiliarity; to underestimate the value of.” Dictionary.com

It’s hard to believe that anyone could ever underestimate the value of God. But that is what Judah had done, and in their failure to appreciate His grace, they turned away from the Lord to run after the world for fulfillment. And sadly, that is what we do when we treat our salvation as a “get out of hell free card,” but fail to surrender our whole life to Him.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me,” (Matthew 16:24).

The enemy’s schemes are nothing new. But God’s mercies are new every morning, and He is ever faithful to provide the way of escape in every temptation.

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it, (1 Corinthians 10:13).

And perhaps the greatest escape He has provided for us from being pulled away from Him as Our Sole Source of Security, is to grow in our appreciation for His grace and to show gratitude for all that He Is and all He has done on our behalf.

And He has been so faithful to reveal Himself to us in His Works and His Word, as Our Sole Source of Security. How can we possibly become overly familiar with an Infinitely Powerful and Awesome God? Remembering His Works will inspire a spirit of appreciation, gratitude and praise, while meditating on His Word will ignite a sense of wonder and delight

Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders,
(1 Chronicles 16:8).

I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts
And regard Your ways.
16 I shall delight in Your statutes;
I shall not forget Your word,
(Psalm 19:14-16).

Oh, that we would live each and every day according to His will, with gratitude and delight, and always giving thanks to Him in everything.

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus, (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

How good it is to have the assurance that we are a part of His unshakeable kingdom for all of eternity. Oh, that we would daily sing His praises, declare His wonders and find our delight in His Word, that our lives would flourish in enthusiastic appreciation, unceasing gratitude, and ever-increasing and holy astonishment for Him, Our Sole Source of Security,

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe, (Hebrews 12:28).

Let’s Grow Together!

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