Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 3

For Jerusalem will stumble, and Judah will fall, because they speak out against the LORD and refuse to obey him. They provoke him to his face. The very look on their faces gives them away. They display their sin like the people of Sodom and don’t even try to hide it. They are doomed! They have brought destruction upon themselves.​ (Isaiah 3:8-9 NLT)
This is a difficult chapter to read in isolation. I recommend reading chapters 2-4 together.
These chapters refer to the judgment coming to Judah because of their sin, because they abandoned God and placed their trust in everything except God. Hope remains for those whose faith is in God, but even they will experience some aspects of the judgment. This is a reminder to us that our sins have an impact beyond ourselves.
In Isaiah 3:8-9, we find reference to the attitude among the people about their sin. As I read this, it reminded me of the passage in Jeremiah (Jeremiah 6:15) that the people had become so comfortable with their sinfulness they had forgotten how to blush. The idea here is powerful. Sometimes we become so comfortable with our sinfulness that it no longer registers with us as sin. Our ability to differentiate between what is sin and what is not sin becomes unreliable, and we begin to depend upon what ‘feels’ good to us.
As I think about how to apply this to our current lives and situations, I think about how important it is to have someone in our lives who will ask us the hard questions, who will not look the other way at our sinfulness, who will tell us the truth even when we do not want to hear it. We need people in our lives who will challenge the way we feel. Sometimes we feel badly about something we ought not. Other times we feel okay about something that should make us blush. We need someone, perhaps multiple someones in our lives who will hold up a plumb line for us and tell us the the truth. Who is that for you?