“Rise up, you women who are at ease,
Hear my voice;
You complacent daughters,
Give ear to my speech…
People shall mourn upon their breasts
For the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine
Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
And the fruitful field is counted as a forest” (Is 32, 9, 12, 15)
In the Bible there is a clear command not to love the things of the world because these represent the enemy of our faith. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world” (1Jn 2:15-16)
The world attracts thru the natural senses. The flesh wants the pleasure and the eyes desire to see the entertainment. Slowly, the heart becomes proud and hard. The Holy Spirit is grieved and vain religion settles in. The women become lukewarm towards the things of God. The mouth boasts of what money can buy, of the achievements the world covets after. This is a picture of backsliding. It is a sad and dangerous state, first for the women, for their families and even for the nation at large. The prophet shouts so that the women wake up from this slumber. They seem unmoved and undisturbed by the prophet’s warnings. He calls them to hear his voice which is the voice of God. But they like the seducing voice of Egypt. They need to hear the prophetic voice, which is loud like a trumpet. They need to wake up and come back to God. The sad part is that these women represent the society. They are a product of their society. In the Bible, the women represent churches. Therefore, this message of repenting from backsliding applies to all the believers, male or female.
The only solution is coming back to God. The strange and dangerous situation with the women and the men ends up in poverty and want. This reveals the jealousy of the Lord. Love is jealous and will not allow the lover to go astray without a fight. God will chastise the backsliders. They will eventually come back home. They will come back to their senses. They will come back to God. It is written that the poverty will go on ‘until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high’. Then ‘the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is counted as a forest’. The only hope is the Holy Spirit. Isaiah is prophesying the coming day of the Pentecost. In the plan and purpose of God, in His mercy, there is always an ‘until’. The backsliding cannot go on forever. Sin cannot grip the hearts of the people of God forever. Oh, the love of Jesus! There is always ‘until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high’. The Holy Spirit comes upon us. That is His destination. Christ died to pay with His Blood for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Our help is the Spirit that comes ‘from on high’. He does not come from Egypt of America. He is from Heaven. The Comforter and Helper is God the Holy Spirit coming down from heaven. What a promise! Revival shall come at last. There is hope. Our future is better than the present and the past. It is called ‘the hope of glory’ because the Holy Spirit has come.
“Holy Spirit, we need You! Please come!”