The voice of the LORD cries to the city—
and it is sound wisdom to fear your name:
“Hear of the rod and of him who appointed it!
Can I forget any longer the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked,
and the scant measure that is accursed?
Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales
and with a bag of deceitful weights?
Your rich men are full of violence;
your inhabitants speak lies,
and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow,
making you desolate because of your sins.
You shall eat, but not be satisfied,
and there shall be hunger within you;
you shall put away, but not preserve,
and what you preserve I will give to the sword.
You shall sow, but not reap;
you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;
you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.
For you have kept the statutes of Omri,
and all the works of the house of Ahab;
and you have walked in their counsels,
that I may make you a desolation, and your inhabitants a hissing;
so you shall bear the scorn of my people.”
by: Paula Davis.
Just like Israel, it is easy for us to see ourselves as righteous. But we are a sinful people who may easily forget that there is a price to be paid for our sinful ways. We may hide our wrongdoings from others for a time, but never from God. If we live a sinful and unrepentant life, we can be sure eventually we will have to pay a price for what we have done. We will fall from the high place we have in society and find scorn instead of praise coming from those with whom we associate. It will happen to all who refuse to allow God to be Lord of our lives—it is just a matter of time.