What Are You Counting On
14-15 Store up water for the siege.
Shore up your defenses.
Get down to basics: Work the clay
and make bricks.
Sorry. Too late.
Enemy fire will burn you up.
Swords will cut you to pieces.
You’ll be chewed up as if by locusts.
15-17 Yes, as if by locusts—a fitting fate,
for you yourselves are a locust plague.
You’ve multiplied shops and shopkeepers—
more buyers and sellers than stars in the sky!
A plague of locusts, cleaning out the neighborhood
and then flying off.
Your bureaucrats are locusts,
your brokers and bankers are locusts.
Early on, they’re all at your service,
full of smiles and promises,
But later when you return with questions or complaints,
you’ll find they’ve flown off and are nowhere to be found.
read – – read the passage slowly to yourself. Be aware, this sad passage describes the ancient city of Nineveh, which is doomed. Everything in the countdown has fallen through.
think – – read the passage again, noting what Nineveh counted on to keep itself out of trouble.why is it so tempting to rely on economic prosperity (shopkeepers, brokers, and bankers) and the government (bureaucrats)? (we even use phrases such as "having faith in" the stock market or "having faith in" government officials.) What would your life look like if you relied on God for your future and your safety. Instead of on the economy or the government?
pray – – examine what you have, that comes from the economy for the government, such as a job, streetlights, or public library. Ask to show you how much you count on these things and what counting on God in a deeper way would mean.
Live – – imagine yourself living in a place where the economy and the government have formed part. What might you feel like if you relied only on God?
Our Lectio Divina posting is take from The Message: Solo - An Uncommon Devotional by Eugene Peterson