Daily Light from the Lighthouse
"The LORD said to him...put a mark on the foreheads of the men
who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it."
What is your personal reaction to sin? Sin and transgression are always before our eyes in this fallen world, and there is instinctively a response that wells up within our soul. What is that response? We have become somewhat conditioned to certain sins to the point that we don't even think about it that much any more. There are other sins that we are completely repulsed by. It seems that there is a large gap in our spiritual reaction to sin and abomination that is committed before a holy God.
God gave Ezekiel a vision of how much God despises sin. God's judgment and wrath are waiting to be poured out on the vileness and corruption of man. If it were not for God's mercy, no man could stand before the Almighty. How can a holy God who is perfect in all His ways tolerate a people that commit such open and blasphemous transgressions? It is of His mercies that we are not consumed. We perfectly understand through the light of Scripture how God feels about sin, but how do we as the children of God feel about it?
There is no place for us to make excuses for sin; man has become very good at that. We are permissive of our own sins and tolerate it in the lives of others around us as well. Others want to spend their lives shouting people down because of their sin. They feel that they have a responsibility to tell every one that they are wrong and correct all of their mistakes. That is a very easy trap to fall into, because self-righteousness merges well with our sin of pride. According to our passage God does not call on us to make excuses for sin, tolerate sin, or blast others because of their sin. God is looking for a people who will come before Him and this world with a broken heart because of sin. Where is the church that is weeping over the transgressions of our society? Why are God's people not groaning within their hearts for the souls of those that are lost?
The body of Christ today does not need better methods or more tools to reach this world. It desperately needs a broken heart for the souls of men!
May you learn to have compassion and make a difference today!