Reading from Isaiah 3.1-7 on Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Verses 4-5 summarize the passage. It will be helpful for the reader to consider the entire passage.
Isaiah 3.4-5 – And I will make boys their princes, and babes shall rule over them. 5 The people will be oppressed, everyone by another and everyone by a neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the base to the honorable.
Leaders reflect the spiritual condition of the community. A sovereign God, not a sovereign man, holds the fate of a nation in his hands.
The picture is that of a courtroom. God is both the prosecuting attorney and the judge. He accuses the people of relying on human leadership rather than depending on his direction. As a result, the people who could give guidance and tell people what to do will be of a poor quality.
John Oswalt (Commentary on Isaiah) writes: “When a nation permits its rulers to believe that they rule in their own right and because of their own competence, that nation brings upon itself the official graft, self-serving and irresponsibility which result. Then, all types of authority fall into contempt and the natural inclinations of failed human beings are allowed to run free.”
Oswalt continues, “In place of great men, they are now ruled by incompetents. In place of all their glory, there will be shame and loss.”
The reason why we are praying at such a time as this is that God hear and answers prayers. God desires to hear our prayers and reverse our situation. Second Chronicles 7.14 presents a prescription for the healing of a nation.
2 Chronicles 7.14 – If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
The Headlines from the New York Times on Wednesday, February 1, 2017
- Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court – President Trump on Tuesday nominated Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, elevating a conservative in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia to succeed the late jurist.
- State Dept. Dissent Cable on Trump’s Ban Draws 1,000 Signatures – Within hours, a State Department dissent cable, asserting that President Trump’s executive order to temporarily bar citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries would not make the nation safer. By 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the letter had attracted around 1,000 signatures, State Department officials said, far more than any dissent cable in recent years.
Prayer for February 1, 2017
Dear God, please help your followers to humbly seek your leadership. Where we are wrong, please help us to turn from any wickedness. May those who pray be the first to be humble and to repent.
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