Scripture: verses 5 and 6
On that day, Adonai–Tzva’ot [Lord of Hosts]
will be a glorious crown, a brilliant diadem
for the remnant of his people.
He will also be a spirit of justice
for whoever sits as a judge,
and a source of strength for those
repelling enemy attacks at the gate.
Observation: God is beauty and glory and wealth for the people who have turned to Him after lots of war and hardship and desolation. They have no dignity left, so He is their dignity for them. At the same time, He is also Justice and Wisdom for those who are making hard decisions, and Strength for those who are fighting a hard fight.
In other words, when we turn to Him, He is exactly what we need.
He is rest when we are tired and wisdom when we are confused and direction when we are lost and beauty and interest when we are bored. We tend to assume that God is good at fixing a certain set of problems, but that for some things we’re on our own. But just because God is propping up the entire universe doesn’t mean He can’t also take the time to help me figure out how to teach my daughters to share their toys. (Not that I’ve succeeded in that one, but I think we’re getting better. At least a bit.)
Praying about everything isn’t a cop-out. It isn’t a way of dodging the real issue or hiding my head in the sand. (Well, I suppose it might be, if I’m also avoiding doing what I know I’m supposed to do.) It’s the best and most reliable course of action. For everything.
Application: What haven’t you asked Him about yet?
Prayer: Yeshua, I praise you because you are everything to everyone. Your identity is not limited to one set of attributes or problems. Thank you for providing for all of my needs. Help me to see where I haven’t asked for help yet, and to turn to you. Amen.