Again, we read about the coming judgment of Israel and another city because of idolatry. This chapter talks about the destruction of cities in Israel because of their rebellion against God. All the destruction would come, and then after the dust settled Israel would realize what they had done:
7 Then at last the people will look to their Creator and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel. 8 They will no longer look to their idols for help or worship what their own hands have made. They will never again bow down to their Asherah poles or worship at the pagan shrines they have built. 9 Their largest cities will be like a deserted forest, like the land the Hivites and Amorites abandoned when the Israelites came here so long ago. It will be utterly desolate. 10 Why? Because you have turned from the God who can save you. You have forgotten the Rock who can hide you.
Why was their land to be destroyed? Because they turned from the God who saves, and had forgotten the Rock who hides. Don’t we do the same? I often find myself turning from the God who saves and forgetting the Rock who can hide me and protect me.
Take some time today to thank God for what he has done and remember the Rock who hides us during times of trouble. Here’s one of my favorite hymns: Rock of Ages by Augustus Toplady.
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee; let the water and the blood, from thy wounded side which flowed, be of sin the double cure; save from wrath and make me pure.
Not the labors of my hands can fulfill thy law’s commands; could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow, all for sin could not atone; thou must save, and thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling; naked, come to thee for dress; helpless, look to thee for grace; foul, I to the fountain fly; wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath, when mine eyes shall close in death, when I soar to worlds unknown, see thee on thy judgment throne, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.
By: Lucas Taylor — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice