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Why Lament?

Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke; yet thou shalt not mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.

Ezekiel 24:16 (DARBY)

I remember the first time I read this passage, I was a little surprised and also reluctant at God's decision to ask Ezekiel not to weep the death of his wife and not to mourn. All Ezekiel could do was sigh silently without anyone noticing. He has suddenly lost a loved one and no visible sadness should appear in his attitude. Who can do this?

I took my time to reread and deepen the story in order to understand what God wanted to convey as a message. It was then that I understood that it was to teach a lesson to the house of Israel on which He was going to pour out His fury. God was going to desecrate the temple and let them fall by the sword. They were attached to the temple but they dishonored God with their lives of sin. God wanted to tell them that they should not lament or cry when this happened, because that would be the consequence of their sin.

Our sins always have serious consequences in our lives. But, when we see them coming, we lament, we cry, and ask God to remove them and restore us. However, we never repent of our faults by admitting them. When what happens to your life is the result of your sin, even if it hurts, understand that you are the author of your misfortune. Instead of lamenting and looking elsewhere for help, ask God for forgiveness and humble yourself before His face. Then He will restore you.

May the grace and peace of God be with you all.

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