Isaiah 3:2-4. “The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient. The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator. And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.”
Verse one warned the people that they were about to lose their whole staff and stay, which means every source of comfort and support. These verses continue on that theme, detailing that their whole leadership, including craftsmen (cunning artificers) and speechmakers (orators) and strong, important men,soldiers, judges, prophets, wise men and old men, military men, men of honor, counsellors–all would be take away.
All those who had been able to lead the people wisely and well were going to be taken away, and they would be replaced with “babes,” which did not mean then what it seems to mean now. It meant very young, inexperienced, without knowledge or wisdom.
The loss of “staff and stay” included loss of physical sustenance. There would be famine in the land physically, and there would be famine spiritually, intellectually, and artistically as well. Judah and Jerusalem would indeed be a desolate place, governed by children and struggling just for food for the day.
America is not facing physical famine yet, but we are certainly looking at a famine of leadership, of wisdom, of godly counsel. We are presently being governed by a man who had no real experience to bring to the White House, and the sad results of that choice are bountiful. While the present candidates may have more life experience, there is certainly no evidence of godliness in either one of them.
The parallels are obvious.
God, forgive America! Bring us back to You. Stir a revival in our country before we lose the incredible bounty with which You have blessed America, and through America, the world. Bless our pastors and spiritual leaders with the courage to preach truth from their pulpits. Give us a passion for souls, and thirst for Your Word. Amen.