Also the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with one stroke; yet you shall neither mourn nor weep, nor shall your tears run down. Sigh in silence, make no mourning for the dead; bind your turban on your head, and put your sandals on your feet; do not cover your lips, and do not eat man’s bread of sorrow.”
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died; and the next morning I did as I was commanded.
You read it right.
God is taking Ezekiel’s wife and he is not to mourn or cry.
Knowing this, Ezekiel went out in the morning and spoke to the people.
She died that evening.
Ezekiel did as God commanded.
Perhaps you think this unfair or cruel. Read yesterday’s Morning Thought again.
God required nothing more of Ezekiel than He was willing to do Himself.
Don’t get me wrong – I feel sorrow for what Ezekiel and his wife went through.
But no one today has the whole story.
We don’t know if she had a terminal illness or chronic pain and Ezekiel may see her death as a blessing for her.
Remember, this life is a fleeting moment compared to eternal life.
And we don’t know if her death was the catalyst for the salvation of another.
Personally, I would not be thrilled at the prospect of this happening to me but I know if Linda and I live long enough then the death of either or both of us is a real possibility.
Eternal life for both of us is a surety because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Death is unfair but Jesus conquered death!