Scripture: from verse 18
As I live, declares the Lord, you shall put them all on as an ornament; you shall bind them on as a bride does.
Observation: God’s people are convinced that God has forgotten them. They feel they are left alone to face their enemies and oppressors and the indifferent giants of the world. God says that He has not forgotten them and never could, and that the very things that they look at with fear will be their ornaments.
2 Corinthians 3 talks about the veil that we wear, so that we cannot see the truth of our situation. We wear a veil that keeps us from realizing that what we see is not all that is, that the rules we follow and the circumstances we see are limited and finite. It isn’t until we turn to the Spirit that the veil comes undone.
Our faith is limited to what we see, and we see very little. We can’t force ourselves to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that God has an answer to every problem confronting us. We can’t force ourselves to honestly expect rescue and restoration and glory.
All we can do is take it on faith that our own perceptions are limited. We can turn to the Spirit of God and ask Him to explain to us. Like a student who asks for help from an expert when the book is unclear, we can ask what we’re missing.
I also notice that Israel is apparently having difficulties with perspective. Their enemies look huge, but God says they will be used as jewelry, which means that they will fit in the palm of Israel’s hand, and be easily carried. Something that Israel sees as a huge boulder that could crush them flat, God sees as a smallish gemstone that could be comfortably worn as a necklace. We’re not seeing things right when we see our circumstances as big. I’m not sure how that works (possibly the veil is made of a Fresnel lens?) but it’s worth knowing that it happens.
Application: Ask what you’re missing.
Prayer: Spirit of God, I praise you because you can see the true size of every element and every person. I praise you because my worries and mountains are just jewelry and knick-knacks to you. Thank you for showing me God’s plan for me. Please show me what I’ve been missing, and teach me what it means. Amen.