On that day the Lord of Hosts will become a crown of beauty and a diadem of splendor to the remnant of His people, a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. (Isaiah 28:5, 6 HCSB)
In the midst of a quite demanding chapter, Father God is revealing His real heart to what/who for Him stands out in importance: The Remnant, the Attacked and the Gatekeepers!
There is a significant message in this little outburst of anger of Isaiah chapter 28, that we have to take and understand. How come that with all the condemning words that this chapter holds, those beautiful words of comfort and encouragement stand out so strong?
Mostly because He is a God of close observation through intimate relationship. He knows what is in the heart of men, overall, general, but mostly He knows what His remnant, His dear ones are carrying by the closeness of His heart.
That is why the enemy is so determined to make us feel little, unworthy, by underlining the failures and mistakes we encounter every day. Pointing out as the accuser that we never can measure up with this God of Justice and Law!
When everything is so mentioned, so shouted out in that chapter, He displays and reveals the sin of pride and the stupidity of”glorious beauty”, comparing it with the fading flower.
In that day the Lord of hosts will become…
A crown of beauty and a diadem of splendor, a spirit of justice and a strength!
The close relationship of this “story” is confirmed by what is written in the part from verse 23 about the farmer!
I love verse 26 where it says that “His God teaches Him”!
How would that happen?
Is there a classroom where you can learn by listening to a Teacher?
No, the teaching- and therefor learning part here is about OBSERVING!
The farmer is taught by his close observation of the seasons, the ground, the weather and the seed. Learning through an obedient heart, willing to take the time, season after season to be open heartedly to the influences of what happens around him.
When Proverb speaks about Wisdom as a person in the first 3 chapters, you read the importance of being willing of heart! Teachable is a great ingredient, brought by a humble heart.
The Pride of the fool, mentioned as “a crown of pride” (Isaiah 28:3) will keep you from the observation of the small things. Complaining about the weather will make you miss the movements of the seasons and with it keep you from having an abundant harvest!
This is, where I believe we can neglect the process of lack and pain and miss out the lessons that they bring by doubting the fact that He can even be in those situations. Much of the “lost harvest” and with it the suffering we experience has to do with the “sowing and/or harvesting in wrong seasons”. The lessons in all of this that the only guaranty through walking close with Him.
The harvest time of America, the promises for China and the process of Israel are all in His hand and comparing, pulling it into your situation, will not always produce the promise that holds the word!
When we read about God’s heart for the remnant, the willing ones, we hear His heartbeat and with it we learn about how He works, moves, on behalf of His creation. How He works in moves in your situation and calling and how you find wisdom on the how and when you will get your result.
Splendor, Justice and Strength, are at least the absolute way He will move and provide on your behalf! Be blessed today as you keep the gate!