So this generation is going to the dogs? Things were better earlier? Well, when you see girls teetering on platform or high heeled shoes, mincing down the model’s runway, wearing piercings here or there, read a bit in Isaiah.
Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: [Isaiah 3:16 KJV]
Read also what God told Isaiah would happen to these daughters with tinkling feet.
Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels, The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.
And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty. [Isaiah 3:17-24 KJV]
What is described is not the beauty of a woman but the trappings used to flaunt themselves. What they are wearing calls attention to what they are wearing, not who they are. None of the listed items exalt God, do they? Take your Bible and compare the ladies above with our Virtuous Woman in Proverbs 31. With regard to her husband:
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. [Proverbs 31:12 KJV]
She’s an entrepreneur, not a wastrel.
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. [Proverbs 31:24 KJV]
The difference is attitude. The error shown by the daughters of Zion is focus on self. All is done to draw attention to them. Our virtuous woman works for her husband, her family, and her employees. While the erring daughters will come to stink, our Proverbs lady receives praise.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. [Proverbs 31:28 KJV]
Think anybody is going to praise ol’ twinkle toes? She makes noise, attracting attention as she moves along tinkling, spreading the sound of her coming through the crowds, wearing the finery designed to catch the eye. She has her reward.
We all make the choice of which goal we’ll pursue. And it isn’t a single choice but one made often over the years. Do we bring attention to ourselves, or think of others? Tinkling feet or praises from those who love us. That’s the choice today, and every day.