But Isaiah warned them to stop the reveling because The Lord God of Hosts was going to bring a nation against them. So they stopped the big party for a little bit and looked around. They noticed the holes in the city wall. So they took bricks from their homes to repair the walls. The built a cistern to protect their water supply. But they never turned to The Lord for help. They did repairs to defend their city, but they left The Lord God out of it.
The Lord had called them to take account of their sin and repent. He had called them to mourn over their behavior and attitude, but they had ruined their homes to protect the city wall and continued partying and praising their own strength. Verses 12-14 read,
“In that day the Lord God of hosts
called for weeping and mourning,
for baldness and wearing sackcloth;
13 and behold, joy and gladness,
killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,
eating flesh and drinking wine.
“Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die.”
14 The Lord of hosts has revealed himself in my ears:
“Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die,”
says the Lord God of hosts.”
Then the Lord had a special judgment against Shebna who was steward to the King. This guy was so arrogant and prideful that he had made himself a very special tomb of honor. He glorified himself rather than God. The Lord removed him from his office and replaced him with Eliakim who was like a father to Jerusalem. He would bring the people back around to glorifying the Lord instead of themselves. Eliakim’s description is also a glimpse of Jesus.
Verses 22-24 read,
“And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.23 And I will fasten him like a peg in a secure place, and he will become a throne of honor to his father's house. 24 And they will hang on him the whole honor of his father's house, the offspring and issue, every small vessel, from the cups to all the flagons.”
Who are you glorifying? Who gets the credit for your life? When you have needs to rush around trying to fill them yourself? Or do you turn to your Maker, your Father, The Lord of Angel Armies, The Creator of Heaven and Earth, The Lover of your Soul?
When you try to prepare for the future without God, you are leaving out The One that Wrote the Future. When you try to better yourself with looking to your Creator, you will have to take from your limited resources rather than let Him fortify you with His infinite means. When Jesus is Lord of your life, He takes care of everything, even the smallest details you don’t consider. What He does is permanent and no one can undo it. Why depend on yourself when you can depend on The King of kings?