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"For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies," declares the Lord God. "Therefore, repent and live." Ezekiel 18:32 (NASB)
The metal door slammed shut, echoing its finality in the hallway of the prison. In his loneliness and despair, the man cried. "I didn't deserve this. I didn't have a fair chance at life!"
Many people, even if their own imprisonments are less extreme, live in a similar state of mind as this prisoner. Whether they are held captive by prison doors, their addictions, marriages, jobs, or financial situations, it's difficult for us to play the role of judge. It’s not our job to try to weed out whose fault things are in most situations. Many times the seeds of hopelessness and despair are planted long before adulthood; this makes holding someone accountable for their actions murky at best.
God knows the truth about us all. He reminds us that He holds justice and mercy better than anyone. Therefore, we should leave the ultimate judging to Him. He doesn’t want anyone to feel the pang of death created by sin. Instead, He wants us to choose life. In our verse today, He has given us a task: live! We get to choose to walk away from the darkness and do our best with the choices before us. After we’ve done that, we are able live peaceably and with joy.
Dear Father, today I ask that You would take every dark corner of my mind and heart and purify me. Free me of the sin that so easily entangles me. Help me to remember that You, my maker and my redeemer, have given me permission to live well. I love you Lord, and I place every worry and judgement in Your capable hands. Guide me in the ways that lead to everlasting life with You! Amen.
Instead of licking our wounds or playing the blame game today, let's put our situation in God's capable hands and repent of anything we've done to contribute to the mess around us. Then, take a deep breath and live in the purity and freedom of mind to be who God has created you to be.