Today's Devotion (Thursday)

A Message for Careless Women

ISAIAH 32:9-20

Key Verse:

"Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech" (Isaiah 32:9).

The world has passed through many ages ranging from primitive age also referred to as stone age, to the age of industrial revolution, which transformed Europe, down to the age of scientific and technological advancement and finally to this millennium, the age of Information and Computer Technology (ICT), the age of Internet, cable television, the Global System of Mobile Communication (GSM), and the social media. The resultant effect is manifest constant and fast changing dressing styles and fashions. From the text, Isaiah’s attention was turned to the careless women of Jerusalem. He had spoken against their impiety and immodesty in dressing and comportment in chapter three, and now rebuked them again for their carelessness and lack of zeal for righteousness and holiness. The consequences of their sins could be seen in the wrath of God on the productivity of their nation. The chapter closes with a message of hope for the nation of Israel; especially the coming kingdom of righteousness and the peace and prosperity that will follow when Israel eventually returns to their God. From the tone of this prophecy, it appears the women of Jerusalem had not taken any warnings from the previous chapters. Isaiah reminded them that God detests all sins whether big or small. Their carelessness in dressing and their coldness in religion contributed greatly to Israel’s condemnation. Daughters of God should avoid the current media coloration of immodest dressing that young women display for adverts and pleasure but rather live to fulfill God’s eternal purpose which is to reflect His glory and praise. Priority should be given to inward beauty over outward dressing. The virtues or ornaments of meekness and quietness of spirit are priceless in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:3,4).

Thought for the day: Little sin begets great regrets.

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