4 “In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste
away.5 It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain, gathering the
grain in their arms—as when someone gleans heads of grain in the Valley
of Rephaim. 6 Yet some gleanings will remain, as when an olive tree is
beaten, leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches, four or five
on the fruitful boughs,” declares the LORD, the God of Israel.7 In that
day people will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of
Israel.8 They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands, and they
will have no regard for the Asherah poles and the incense altars their fingers
have made.9 In that day their strong cities, which they left because of
the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth.
And all will be desolation.10 You have forgotten God your Savior; you
have not remembered the Rock, your fortress. Therefore, though you set
out the finest plants and plant imported vines, 11 though on the day you
set them out, you make them grow, and on the morning when you plant
them, you bring them to bud, yet the harvest will be as nothing in the day
of disease and incurable pain.
1.The coalition of Syria and Israel, formed to resist Assyria, was
doomed to fail. Damascus, the capital of Syria, would fall, leaving
Israel exposed to the brutal invader. Stripped of national pride and
glory, destitute, and starving, “Men will look to their Maker and
turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.”
2.What we are likely to see as a disaster can often be used by God for
some greater good. Is this your experience? Recall the incident
and how God brought the great good out of your disaster.
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.
Family: Scriptures in the Old and New Testaments point to the Lord as
our creator and maker. Verse 7 helps us know that one day all people will
recognize that God is holy, and themaker of all things. As you consider
this verse, sing the hymn, “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.”