18 In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, 19 the earrings and bracelets and veils, 20 the headdresses and ankle chains and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, 21 the signet rings and nose rings, 22 the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses 23 and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls. 24 Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding. 25 Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle. 26 The gates of Zion will lament and mourn;destitute, she will sit on the ground.
As I was listening to the pastor talk about this passage, he reminded me of how quickly we can focus on the things in life that do not matter. These women had started to focus on their bodies, their jewelry and clothes, trying to get the attention of men. They even put bells on their feet so they could be heard and draw even more attention. They had become proud. The rolls of women and men became blurred. In an obsessed effort to have companionship/marriage, these women loss sight of God.
In our desperation to get what we want, we can so easily go down a road of destruction. As you live each day, pray and ask God to reveal the things in your life that you value above God. Maybe its your cell phone, your ipod, your laptop or your car. When people first see you, what do they see? When they first hear you, what do they hear?