Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Careless Women

In Isaiah 32:9-20 Isaiah addressed Hebrew women who were living carelessly. 

He begins by telling the women who are at ease to rise up, hear his voice, and pay attention to what he has to say. Then he warns them that soon they’ll be troubled when their world falls apart.

“Tremble, you women who are at ease, shudder, you complacent ones.” (Isaiah 32:11a)

These women were living fearlessly, giving no thought to the future. They needed to be shocked awake to be prepared for what was ahead.

He goes on to tell them to get rid of their fancy wardrobe and clothe themselves in sackcloth because their time of mourning is coming. Calamity will hit, palaces will be forsaken, the city will be deserted, the forts and towers will be taken over by robbers, and wild animals will roam freely.  

Sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it? Until we get to verses 15-17. “Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.”

How often when things are going well do we forget about our need for the Lord? We’re living life footloose and fancy-free, and God has to remind us to get our priorities together. Sometimes he has to take drastic measures in order to get our attention. But when we turn to Him, He gives us peace.

Read about careless women: Isaiah 32:9-20

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