- Ezekiel 21:18-32
- Ezekiel 24:1-27
“The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, behold, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you at a stroke; yet you shall not mourn or weep, nor shall your tears run down. Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead.Bind on your turban, and put your shoes on your feet; do not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.’ So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did as I was commanded.” –Ezekiel 24:15-18, ESV
I have buried a great many people in my life. And though my typical mourning process leans more toward private, closed door grief, I can.not.imagine doing what God asked Ezekiel to do in response to the passing of his wife. I cannot wrap my brain around only inwardly sighing with nothing else changing. Because though I mourn privately, there is still a pause in my step and a distracted sense about me.
As I read this chapter in horrified question of “why, o God, would you ask that of a man? What could we possibly learn?” And, in His faithfulness, and His everlasting word, He told me. And He told you. The seeming indifference of Ezekiel to his wife’s passing is the picture of our indifference to the deep destruction sin has in our lives. We are dying every single day as we allow our bad habits and our self-reliance eat away at us, stealing the abundant spiritual life God longs for us.
That missing piece you’re not sure where to find? It is the distance between you and God. That underlying fear that you don’t really know what the whole point of this life really is? That is God shining a light on your desire for something greater, Someone beyond yourself to be ultimately in charge of it all. That smile you see on an acquaintance’s face and the seeming peace that exudes from them…it draws you to them and you don’t know why. That is the effect of Jesus on a life. He’s not calling you to be a street preacher on a corner. He’s calling you to the deepest, richest life He has for you, the person He created. He created you with your strengths, your weaknesses, your hobbies, and dreams and desires. And He offers to make them so much more rich than you can possibly imagine…if you allow Him to do it. Submitting to Jesus is accepting that His sacrifice will cleanse that nagging, isolating sin. And in that acceptance comes a peace beyond description. Following Him means following after that peace in all circumstances, for He is the Prince of Peace.
Walk away from indifference. Recognize your need. And accept the gift handed to you. Your entire life and being will be the richer for it.