Read Ezekiel 14
Ezekiel was a contemporary of Daniel taken into captivity only a few years after him. He chronicles the invasion of Israel, the destruction of Jerusalem and the promise of restoration.
Ezekiel found himself in a time of intervention. The moral fabric of his country had deteriorated and military invasion ensued. Out of this desperation, Ezekiel lobbies for his countrymen to forsake superfluous attachments and return to alternative wisdom (vs. 6).
Self-destructing patterns left unchecked will untimely lead to ruin. These patterns have a way of blinding us to the truth that we need help. The kindest thing someone can do is intervene. Myself, like many of you I’m sure, would rather justify my actions rather than admit I am wrong. Hence, why intervention becomes the most humble act of love we can offer.
Have self-destructing patterns become a way of life for you, or perhaps someone you know? Have attachments to negative relationships, environments and substances taken their toll? Are you watching someone close to you unravel?
Friends, there is hope, there is restoration on the other side of intervention! If you are caught in the midst of self-destruction, stop, seek alternative wisdom that has hope written all over it! If you know someone that is, then help…love till it hurts!
God we pray that you would breath life back into dead dry places in our lives, release streams of life-giving water into the desert of our souls, amen (Ezekiel 37)!
— Christian Trent