When the LORD has washed away the filth … over all the glory will be a canopy. And there will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain. – Isaiah 4:4-6 NASB
God promised to shelter His people from storms, shade them in the heat of the day, protect them, and help them find refuge. Who would benefit from these blessings? Specifically, those who were holy (v. 3), those who trusted in Him, and those whose lives were pleasing to Him.
These people recognized that their conduct had been unacceptable. They knew they needed to get their hearts right with God. As a result, He had washed away the filth.He had purged them from sin and prepared them for blessings.
How had He done this? By the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning (v. 4). They had gone through a fire that had dealt with their sin. This had been unpleasant, but through this judgment and burning, their deficiencies had been exposed. After God cleansed them, they had been made clean. He was ready to lavish blessings on them and supernaturally protect them.
In our time, God stands ready to protect and bless us. But He cannot do so while we tolerate sin, if unclean thoughts poison our minds, if our hearts are impure. For our good, He needs to purge and purify us from anything that pollutes our lives that we might be ready for greater blessings.
Let God purify you. Cooperate with Him. Allow Him to refine you until you are cleansed of impurities and ready for the bounty of His blessings