Therefore, the Lord says: 'I am planning disaster against this
people, from which you cannot save yourselves. You will no longer walk proudly, for it
will be a time of calamity.'
The people had elevated their plans to a place above the plan of
God for their lives. The root cause of this is pride in thinking that our ways are
better than the ways of God. This disobedience was only going to be allowed for a
certain period of time before God brings judgment on them. The wealth that they had
acquired would not protect them and they would be humbled. The same type of thing is
happening in many areas of life today. Men have disregarded the prescribed ways of God
and, in effect, have become their own god. This, too, will only be allowed for a certain
period of time before judgment is dealt.