My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
You will not cover your mustache!
‘You will do as I have done; you will not cover your mustache and you will not eat the bread of men.
(Ezekiel 24:22 NASB)
The people of Ezekiel's day had normal practices for mourning. On
this very day Ezekiel's wife died and yet he was not allowed to mourn.
The practice of mourning including covering your mustache -- or probably
more precisely, your mouth. It also included a type of funeral dinner
-- the bread of men. Ezekiel was not allowed to do this either -- for
there was no time to go through the normal rituals which the people had
come to expect? Why? Because the people had been unfaithful -- they
had given themselves away to others and now there would no longer be
time to spend on the ordinary things of life. Instead, they had to put
their turbans on their heads and their shoes on their feet and be ready
to go -- they were going to be taken into exile. Life as they had known
it was over.
If we don't live in faithfulness to God, life as we know it will
also disappear. Too often we become wrapped up in the things of life, and the routines that we follow -- and we believe that they are important.
This past weekend was Labor Day in the United States. This is a
holiday that celebrates the Laborers, the workers, or the Unions which
have made a difference in this country. However, for most Americans it
has a time in which we can fellowship with friends, eat food, watch
races or other sporting events. It's a weekend of poor church
attendance because we have so many other things that we want to do and we
enjoy doing. I realize that having enjoyable moments is truly
important, but if we focus on those things too much, there will be a day
and time that will come where the foundation of things will no longer
exist. There will be a time when we can no longer do the things which
have become routine to us, and we will be drawn away by enemies who
have so enticed us. We will suddenly become slaves to the things of the
world and we may lose the foundations of our faith -- those things
which we have taken for granted. This is what had happened to God's people. They had become preoccupied with their neighbors and the exciting things they felt that were happening around them. In the meantime they lost their first love. In losing their first love, they lost everything. There was no longer time to cover their mustache!
Lord, please help us not to take you for granted -- and to seek you every single day! Amen.