5 Because the Lord Yahveh of armies has a day of commotion and crushing and confusion in a valley of vision, a tearing down of a wall and a cry for help to the mountain. 6 And Elam lifted up a quiver, with a man’s chariot cavalry. And Kir uncovered a shield. 7 And this happened: the choicest of your valleys were chariot filled and the cavalry confidently stood at the gate. 8 And he uncovered the covering of Judah. And you looked, on that day, to the weapon of the House of the Forest, 9 and you saw that the breaches in the walls of the city of David were many, and you gathered the waters of the lower pool. 10 And you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you tore down the houses to fortify the wall. 11 And you made a reservoir between the walls for the waters of the old pool, but you did not consult its maker, and you did not recognize its creator from a distance.
what you see
The spiritual condition of Jerusalem is revealed by what Isaiah says that they see. The day of commotion and crushing and confusion has come upon them, and all they see is the threat of foreign invasion. They do not see the power and wisdom of the God. They frantically seek to shore up and protect the city using the motes and barriers they could quickly construct. But they did not even see the LORD who had covenanted to be their God and protector.
God’s people are expected to see more than just the materials that are physically present, which we can use for our benefit and protection. We should see beyond those things to our creator who has promised to protect us in times of crisis.
LORD, open our eyes, so that we can see you, and trust in you when the world threatens us.