“The field is laid waste. The land mourns, for the grain is destroyed, The new wine has dried up, and the oil languishes.”
Even the inanimate ground is mourning for the loss of its covering. The fields are now barren because the crops are destroyed and the vineyards have been stripped bare. There is no grain for the bread, no oil or wine to make the heart glad. The prophet it reiterating what he has said before. The analogy is of the forgotten and diminishing church and work of God. There is no food of the Word to nourish the souls of the people and no oil and wine of gladness and praise for the blessing of God.
The people are sinning and not even noticing but living their lives for themselves. Consequently they do not repent or return to the Lord, and therefore there is no comfort either.
If we keep short accounts with the Lord we will not falter but will come to a place of peace and blessing. When trouble and heartache come into our lives we will have the oil and wine of the comfort of God to save ourselves from much grief. Pains do come to us for all kinds of reasons, but those who are faithful will be kept by the Lord and comforted.
“But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, I give to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.