Tuesday, March 24 2009
Key verse: V13 “The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.”
1. Food in Short Supply
V1 “For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay (supply) and the staff (support), the whole stay of bread, …”
In recent times, the world is facing shortages of rice, water and basic essentials and this is what was prophesied by prophet Isaiah thousands of years ago. Indeed, food and water are from God and let us not waste any of them but consume them for the glory of God.
2. Leaders in Short Supply
V2-3 “The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient (elder), the captain of fifty, and the honourable man, …”
There has been much publicity of leaders of today who lack integrity and moral standards. Many universities are now offering courses on integrity and character building in their curriculum to address this vital issue. Truly, godly leaders are few and far between.
3. Respect in Short Supply
V5 “… the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient (elder), and the base (despised) against the honourable.”
People have no respect for the elderly. They have no time for their elderly parents; not even a simple meal with them. Some even put their elderly parents in old folk homes. The lack of respect extends to them not offering their seats to the elderly on buses, MRTs, etc.
4. Peace in Short Supply
V15 “What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.”
Crimes, violence, robbery, thefts, sexual assaults, family violence, etc., are everywhere and on the rise. People are really living in fear and anxiety and praying for peace to prevail in society and even in their homes.
5. Spirituality in Short Supply
V18 “In that day the Lord will take away the bravery (finery) of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls (scarves), ...”
People are crowding shopping centers buying all kinds of beautiful merchandise they can afford. They are self indulgence and self centered and have no concern for the spiritual things of God.
Food for Thought
Keep a full supply of God when everything is in short supply.