Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 24:1-26:21 (additional reading: Psalm 110:1-7 & Proverbs 27:14 )
Ezekiel’s life was completely changed and his home emptied and wrecked within twelve hours. In the morning he is out proclaiming the Word of God which has been laid upon his heart. A terrific message declaring the hour of Jerusalem’s judgement. He had likely gone out with a heavy heart to deliver his message; and his wife, feeling what it meant to him, must have accompanied him to the door and had spoken such words of comfort and encouragement as even a strong prophet needs.
After he did what he was commanded and the message was delivered, he turns to his home again and to her who is the desire of his eyes, his homemaker, his help and comrade; and there it is compressed into a single tine, a tragedy of sorrow. “I spoke to the people in the morning, and at even my wife died,”
What a difference a few hours can make! For Ezekiel it was around 12, for others it’s a visit to the hospital, the unexpected bill, a note from a loved one, a quick trip to the shop which ending in a fatal car accident. It’s takes just seconds for your life to be shaken and turned upside down.
It is clear that even in Old Testament times God did not shield His chosen servants from the sorrows and sufferings that were a common lot of mankind. Christianity is not an insurance against loss, sickness, or death. The promise even of old time was not, “Thou shall be kept from fire and flood,” but “when you pass through the waters I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee.”
Ezekiel does not question God, yet the people that he has preached to do. His faith could not be conquered even by sorrow. He was to be a “sign” to the people. It is a costly process, that of being qualified to be a comforter of the broken-hearted and an encourager to others. Yet you can be sure, that the hard experiences which God leads us into, is for a purpose and we are to be witnesses at all times, not just when things are going the way we want.
How is your witness for God during hard times
Father, Thank You for helping us in the hardest of times. Thank You that You are our comfort. Help us to keep on You and to glorify You in the most difficult of moments. In Jesus’ name, Amen