In our study of Isaiah chapter twenty two, we look at the failure of Judah to trust in God when faced with trials. We will look at the fact that our faith grows through our experience in our walk with God especially when we put it to use. We will also see that a "failure of faith" has to do with our failure and not any failure on God's part. He is willing and able to take care of us.
"A prophecy against the Valley of Vision: What troubles you now, that you have all gone up on the roofs, you town so full of commotion, you city of tumult and revelry?" NIV translation
The "Valley of Vision" speaks of Jerusalem and the fact that God had sent prophets to the city to share the comforting words of God with the people. Isaiah predicts that, when they are faced with a siege at the hands of the Babylonians, they will have a "failure of faith". Instead of trusting in God to deliver them, they will run up to their roofs to avoid the invaders and to look for signs of help coming.
"Your slain were not killed by the sword, nor did they die in battle. All your leaders have fled together; they have been captured without using the bow. All you who were caught were taken prisoner together, having fled while the enemy was still far away." NIV translation
Isaiah goes on to explain what will happen during this siege. The people did not go out to fight and the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem fled even before the enemy approached. They fled in the direction of modern Jordan but were captured in the plains of Jericho (see 2 Kings 25).
This reminds us that the true measure of a leader is whether he/she demonstrates an attitude of faith or an attitude of fear. These leaders definitely had the attitude of fear which is not of God. This is what Paul was talking about in his letter to the Thessalonians who were worried about the last days (see 1 Thess. 5).
"Therefore I said, 'Turn away from me; let me weep bitterly. Do not try to console me over the destruction of my people.'" NIV translation
Once again, Isaiah was greatly saddened by the judgment that was coming upon his people. As a true prophet of God, he demonstrated the heart of God and the fact that their "failure of faith" grieved the Lord.