There’s a lot of hand-wringing going on
There once was a nation, a people. This nation had a glorious history. People in this nation told stories of God’s supernatural working on their behalf. Though there had been problems and challenges, in a very unique way this nation seemed blessed by God.
But things got very badly off track in this nation.
- Its leaders became corrupt. It was almost as if they were plotting something against the nation they were leading. They gave consistently bad advice to those they were pledged to lead.
- Idolatry. Whereas this nation had known the one true God in its past, it had now set up all kinds of false ideas, false gods really, in which it now looked for help.
- False Spiritual Wisdom. Wise spiritual leaders used to deliver timely messages, true messages, from God. Now it was said that these leaders were just speaking out of their imagination.
- Economic Ruin. Once a prosperous land, a land that was even called “promised” this nation now faced the prospect of widespread economic collapse and devastation.
- Military Overthrow. Much to everyone’s shock, a foreign military power advanced against, overpowered, and subjected this once proud nation.
In short, it began to seem to the people of this land that God, their God, was actually opposing them, and that nothing was going to change for the good.
What I describe here is carefully laid out in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, and it concerns the nation Israel. Things had become dark indeed.
But do you see the parallel? There’s a lot of political hand-wringing, name-calling, and ruin-forecasting going on today as well. There’s a dearth of true spiritual wisdom, with many wondering what lies ahead for us.
Friends, when worry and dread threaten to swallow you up; when you wonder if the best days are behind and not ahead; when things look bleak; when hope departs; remember this promise to ancient Israel, and know that your faithful God is with you.
“I will gather you from the nations and bring you back…they will be my people and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:17-20
Executive Pastor, Lakeside Church