“Go up to Lebanon, and cry out,
and lift up your voice in Bashan;
cry out from Abarim,
for all your lovers are destroyed.
I spoke to you in your prosperity,
but you said, ‘I will not listen.’
This has been your way from your youth,
that you have not obeyed my voice.
The wind shall shepherd all your shepherds,
and your lovers shall go into captivity;
then you will be ashamed and confounded
because of all your evil.
O inhabitant of Lebanon,
nested among the cedars,
how you will be pitied when pangs come upon you,
pain as of a woman in labor!”
by: Michaella Osborn.
God takes injustice seriously—He even punishes whole cities for it. In this passage, punishment for unrighteousness was given to Jerusalem. God said that He tried to correct them when they were living in prosperity, but the city would not listen. Is it easier to hear God and receive correction from Him when you are in a prosperous season or a destitute one? What about corporately? Do you think that God still holds groups of people like churches, cities, or nations collectively accountable? Are any groups you are a part of in need of collective repentance?