Say to them, As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of theEzekiel 33:10-11
wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back
from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?” vs. 11
There is probably nothing worse than to think someone doesn’t care about us.
Some who have been given that message by parents or presumed lovers carry the scars for the rest of their lives. They can never quite deal with the knowledge that
they have been rejected or abandoned. Their betrayal can become an issue that
never quite goes away. More than that, some even live with the sense that they
have been abandoned by God. Perhaps they believe that their lives have not
measured up to divine standards. Maybe they’re living with addictions and haven’t been able to turn from their self-destructive ways. If that’s the situation they can feel estranged and despair of ever being embraced by God’s love. It’s an awful place to be! The prophet Ezekiel has a word for those who feel that way. He tells them that God takes no pleasure in their destruction and wants them to experience restoration. We can’t do much about the attitudes of those who have done us wrong—we can’t make anyone love us. But we can know that we are loved unconditionally by our Maker and Creator—even before our restoration!
Thought for the Day: Times I’ve felt unloved!