Week 46 Day 3
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Ezekiel 1: Her foes have become her masters;
her enemies are at ease.
The Lord has brought her grief
because of her many sins.
Her children have gone into exile,
captive before the foe.
As Jeremiah wrote in the aftermath of the captivity and exile of people of Israel he mourned the destruction and the bittersweet memories of their life in the city. His sadness overwhelmed him with grief. Significantly, he has been called the “weeping prophet” by many commentators down through the years.
Many Christians are finding themselves feeling as if they are living in the kind of exile the Israelites must have been during their seventy years of captivity. Oddly enough, it seems that in the West, at least, we have been living in the thrall of the post-World War era, a time when the righteous indignation of nations was spent in quelling the depredations of a monster. Falling exhausted our parents relaxed and relented from their zeal with the result that now, four generations later we are reaping the consequences of their exhaustion and more to the point, our own spoiled flawed natures. The world has literally gone mad. We call “good evil, and evil good”. We celebrate and elevate every form of perversion and act as if we are as exhausted as our parents were from their labors whenever anyone speaks out against the darkness of our times. To our everlasting shame we have allowed all of this to happen because frankly our generation, the so called “baby boomers”, and every subsequent generation, with notable exceptions has been perverted by sloth, greed, lust and every kind of immorality. James 1:13…no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.