“The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, the Israelites are 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..” Ezekiel 12:26-28.
God is in charge.
I’m talking about “fully” in charge.
There is no stone left unturned. He calls ALL the shots.
Ezekiel prophesized bad news to the Israelites. They gave his forecast a “maybe” and added that even if true it wouldn’t happen for a long time.
It is called; not facing reality.
I have things that I need to do but I put them off until another day. My porch stairs need painting. The former paint has peeled, leaving some peeled and some original. Looks lousy. I see it daily but do not initiate a procedure that will eliminate the eye sore. It will not go away on its own. It must be faced and dealt with.
The Israelites were warned and warned that God was angry with them. Jerusalem was going to be destroyed. They couldn’t imagine God doing such a thing to His city and to His people, so they assumed that such consequences wouldn’t happen to them.
I often look at my life and the lives of those I love in the same way. My fear of the consequences for myself and others is not accurate.
I have folks in my family who are not believers. Nice people but uncommitted to God. Their eternity, as we speak, will be apart from God. Does my minimal concern reveal that I don’t think that God could take them today? Shouldn’t I be begging Him to spare them? Shouldn’t I be intervening in their lives where He wants me to intervene? Instead, I wait for someone else to step up and “paint my steps.” How sad! How godless!
Conclusion: I have no control over time. God sets it and I need to live accordingly.