I grabbed my coffee and made myself comfortable. I was catching up on the news in the morning but it seemed like all news is bad news these days. That is, if the news I see really is the truth. I’m not so sure now. The media used to be trusted. Not anymore. So much is broken and divided in our nation today. I see death, corruption, murder, terrorists, and natural disasters daily. I read comments in articles that are appalling without any regard for civility. We have become a merciless people. We have “In God We Trust” as our motto but do not trust in God.
I really believe that we are in the end times and that the Lord is coming soon. I sat there seeing the daily dose of evil tidings mixing with my morning coffee. “Is nothing good? I whispered, as I read about another shooting, more death. More accusations of corruption. In times like these God gives me heart burn. Not the kind I get from spicy food, but real heart burn, where my heart hurts with sorrow. If I stop long enough to let myself feel. I sigh, I cry inside. I feel like Isaiah and also want to cry out to God. “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
In the book of Ezekiel in chapter 9 there is a vision where the Lord calls for those who have charge over the city, to come to him and every man with weapons of war in their hand. Six men came, with one being a scribe. The Lord told the one with the writer’s case to go through Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all who sigh and mourn for the wickedness done around them. He then told the other men to go after him and destroy all who did not have the mark. I have often wondered if the Lord were to do that in America, would I have the mark? Do I sigh, and mourn for this evil generation? Am I grieved by my daily dose of evil news? Do I intercede and plead for His mercy?
In the vision, those who were marked were counted worthy to escape judgement. Not because they were better, or did good works, but because they were grieved for the evil of their generation. They had “heart burn” from their own daily dose of evil tidings.
I pray that I would have his mark on me.
“Lord, may I be found worthy to walk with you in white. By your strength, I refuse to defile my garments with the wickedness of this present age. Give me a heart that is willing to weep over the sins of my people. Have mercy on us O Lord, have mercy. We have hardened our heart. Our own Mother’s heart, we have aborted. Forgive us Lord our sin and take not your Holy Spirit from us. O Lord revive us so that we may live in your sight.”