9 You ladies at ease, get up; hear my voice! Carefree daughters, listen to what I say! 10 In a year’s days you will tremble, carefree ones, because the wine crop will come to an end; harvest will not come. 11 Tremble, you at ease ones; tremble, carefree ones; strip, and strip yourself, and prepare for work. 12 lamenting over fields, over delightful fields, over a fruitful vine, 13 over the soil of my people. It is reduced to thorn and brier — indeed over all houses of joy in a once jubilant city. 14 Because the palace will be forsaken, the city crowd deserted; the watchtower hill will become a cave for ages, the joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks.
get up and go to work
Isaiah is talking to the lazy men of Jerusalem – the once jubilant city. He calls them ladies of ease because they have enjoyed the fruit of other’s people’s labour, not having had to work in the fields themselves. The commands are in the masculine gender. He tells these lazy men to get up and dress themselves for work because the lazy days will soon be over. God’s judgment is coming, and no one will rest.
Many today are assuming that God’s grace through Christ means that we no longer need to heed such warnings. But God is still a God of holiness, and if our generation refuses to heed his call, we too can be reduced to thorn and brier. The prophet calls us to get up and go to work. Our society needs to proclaim the gospel, care about its poor and needy, and bring justice to those who are wronged. A God who cares is watching.
LORD, give us the wisdom to get up from our comfortable couches and go to work, showing your mercy and justice, before you are forced to put an end to the harvest.