“Son of man, what is this proverb you people have concerning the land of Israel, saying, ‘The days are long and every vision fails’? Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “I will make this proverb cease so that they will no longer use it as a proverb in Israel.” But tell them, “The days draw near as well as the fulfillment of every vision.” (12:22-23)
It’s easy to fall into the comfortable complacencies about being immune to things as if nothing has an end. Even though, history tells us: everything ends.
Some have started to wonder how much longer the hay day the United States will last. Every empire falls. Maybe we don’t have the same saying about long days and failing visions, but we do like to sing: “O say does that star spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
When that happens, what will remain for you? Israel felt indestructible, because they thought the LORD’s favor was unconditional. While the fall of Jerusalem wasn’t the end of the LORD’s covenant, it did demonstrate His discipline, and underline what was permanent and what was dependent on them.
He has always been with His people. He has always been clear. Deuteronomy told them this would happen if they chose disobedience. He never abandons, but He does discipline and allow us to feel our consequences.
Do you confuse these two? Do you feel like the presence of the LORD in your life gives you license to live carelessly? Spend some time today remembering what truly is unconditional and what is conditional. Is there some thing in your walk that needs adjusting?