I believe our society in large part has turned against the things of God that represent holiness. People in large part seem to think if everyone just works together for the good of all; if everyone would all just go along with what the majority believes we would live in peace. Pro-life side by side with pro abortion, traditional marriage right beside gay marriage and that there are many roads to heaven; all you have to do is believe.The Book of Isaiah speaks of a similar society in his day that mirror's ours. And, what is important for us, Isaiah was instructed by God how to respond.
Isaiah 8: 11-14 says, " For the LORD spoke thus to me and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people....Do not say we will band together and be victorious: do not fear what they fear, do not be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of Host (armies) Himself and let Him be your dread. And He shall be for a sanctuary, but for a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both houses of Israel."
Chapter 5:18-20 gives picture of a people that have convinced themselves that what they had accomplished would be admired by God. They were in a hurry for His decision of what they had done. " Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work that we may see it; and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!"
What were the thoughts of God? The same as His thoughts are for many today; "Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"
It is an awful thought to think that what we have been working out on our own way, with our own will and plans could very well be for nought. If we leave God out of our plans they may succeed for a short season but bear no real fruit. When our nation and the world will finally reach the days of accounting it will be too late and many will be astonished and not know what is happening. We are not to be like that. We are children of the Living God. He is ever ready to comfort and guide us.
Let God be our fear and our dread- acknowledge His power, do His will, His way. Let Him be our protection. We are not to fear as the world fears. Brother David Wilkerson has stated that our response to very bad news or disaster is a sudden tinge of fear; this is human. But we are to recover quickly and realise that God is in control of all events. We are safe in Him. We are secure; do not fear any event that may come upon our nation or the world.