So often we highlight the positive elements of Scripture, such as wisdom, hope, application, and joy. And this perspective is understandable. To genuine searchers, God’s Word provides many immeasurable qualities, especially to wounded, or conflicted, hearts. But the Bible offers up deep truths that tie to sobering convictions as well. And much of this heart-breaking, heart-rending communication is conveyed throughout Ezekiel. The prophet was given sad songs, sad stories, and sad warnings. Why? Because before the people of Judah could be restored they had to be shattered of humanism and an ideology of religious performance. They also had to endure the judgement of their self-imposed spiritual alienation from the Lord. The point being, sometimes there is a season of suffering before there can be a season of celebration. So may we not reject the sober realities that the Lord brings our way. Let us accept them, and embrace them, as Ezekiel did.
Ezekiel 2:9-10 “Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (8/16/2019)