“The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, the house of Israel is saying, “The vision he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies about the distant future.” ‘Therefore say to them, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord”.’” — Ezekiel 12:26–28
Hard day at the office? Usually, in our culture, the antidote is to curl up on the couch and watch a movie. Went on a bad date? If movies and television shows are any guide, the best thing to do in these situations is to buy a pint of ice cream.
In general, when life gets us down, often our default mode is to pamper ourselves until we feel better.
It’s easy to forget the role of faith in bolstering our spirits. Although our faith in God can be a tremendous comfort, many of us have a habit of reasoning that while divine pursuits may help in the long-term, we want to feel better right now, right here – in the short-term.
While this attitude is understandable, God warns Ezekiel about those who take it to an extreme. You see, the people of Ezekiel’s time – like many of us nowadays – had gotten used to thinking of faith as something that may be relevant, but only to others, or only in the future. Certainly, in the here-and-now, faith probably doesn’t have a real benefit.
This is why the Almighty had Ezekiel remind the people that faith is always meaningful and always a major source of strength and support in our lives. But it is our responsibility to take hold of the resources offered to us via faith in God and make them a part of our daily lives.
So let’s all commit to the attitude that Ezekiel was sent to encourage: that God’s word is ever present and ever relevant. We can do this by taking it upon ourselves to learn a bit of Scripture every day, or doing a kind deed once a week for a stranger, or setting aside a bit of our time to devote to charity. Truth is, it can be anything, even something small.
The key, at the end of the day, is to remember that faith – if we truly make it a part of our lives – can be a wonderful wellspring of comfort to us and to those around us.