Isaiah 4:5-6 - ...then the Lord will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
This is what God longs to be for us. Without a relationship with Jesus Christ we wander this earth without the spiritual covering He provides.
This nation is losing it's standing in the world because of wickedness that has pervaded over the years...lack of respect for God, desiring to be our own self-made people, relishing in the wealth we created over the years and bowing down to it.
We have decided in our hearts that it is our wisdom and knowledge that makes us who we are, not God. Along with that we have decided that since we have this wealth we can spend any way we desire.
God punished His own people thousands of years ago for similar attitudes. Why should it be any different today if He is a God who never changes?
He longs to be our protection. The pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. He longs to be our covering. Christ can be that covering. He is our Tabernacle, our place of refuge and our shelter from the storm.
Why would these things be written if they were not for us to learn from? Before these particular verses was a horrifying picture...the wanton women languishing in their vanity, beauty, men, gowns, fragrances and accessories...and they were brought low. All they had was taken away, their nakedness (sins) uncovered for who He saw them to have become. They became a stench and with this humbling these women lamented.
But those who did not succumb to this lifestyle became the remnant of God. All that He had for them was theirs...protection, refuge, tabernacle and covering.
This is all a picture of Jesus. Do you know Him? Is He first in your life? Is He all you need? Do you trust in Him over the things of the world? He covenanted many years ago with a very few who believed Him. The covenant is His refuge, shelter, covering. It will be for those few in number, the remnant of the last days.
He has promised us everything good...spiritual goodness and blessing above material. He has shown us repeatedly what He offers and what He rejects. His covenant is with those who follow Him, who become part of His inheritance. Remember, it is about a remnant. Few will follow, few will receive Him and few will receive His inheritance.
Psalm 105:7-12 - He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance,” when they were few in number, indeed very few, and strangers in it.