Ezekiel 4: 16b-17
“The people will eat rationed food in anxiety and drink rationed water in despair, for food and water will be scarce. They will be appalled at the sight of each other and will waste away because of their sin.” NIV
As I’m working my way through the listings of the word, “worry” in The Message, some of them don’t say, “don’t worry.” Instead, like this verse, they deal with the consequences or causes of worry. The Message translates these verses, “The people will live on starvation rations, worrying where the next meal’s coming from, scrounging for the next drink of water. Famine conditions. People will look at one another, see nothing but skin and bones, and shake their heads. This is what sin does.” MSG
This is prophecy of some time in the future from when Ezekiel is writing.
I do not know if these things have come to pass, or if they are still to come, but, the interesting thing about them to me is the linkage between worry, and sin.
It is clear, here, that sin caused the worry.
I can never live a sinless life … that’s why I need a Savior. But, to the extent that I am legitimately working to live each day for Christ, if I am earnestly seeking His will and obeying His commands, it stands to reason that my sins will be fewer … and likely my worries, lessened.
I’ll have to think about that today.
2 responses to “Sin can cause it …”
# Worry is interest paid on tomorrow’s problems.
# Worry pulls tomorrow’s clouds over today’s sunshine.
# Worry is like a rocking chair: it will give you something to do, but get you nowhere.
. . . . . on the other hand, faith in God, based on a personal experience with Him, brings peace.
I love that … interest paid on tomorrow’s problems … pulling tomorrow’s clouds over sunshine. Thank you so much for that very wise perspective!!