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“DID ANYONE NOTICE” – Jan. 28

January 28, 2016

“And he said to me, “Son of Man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel are committing here, to drive me far from my sanctuary?…” Ezekiel 8:6

This is a post inspired by this article from Pew Research Center: Global Christianity – A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population


 

If your life never spanned beyond a day, would you know the sun sets?
If a shadow never moved, would you recognize the dimming of radiance?
If Fall never yielded to Winter, could you comprehend a sweltering sun?

How can you miss what you’ve never known?

Did any Priests see it go?  Did any holy man know?
Did the sacrifices seem different?  Did the smoke feel distant?
Did worshipers sense an absence?  Did any prayers miss His presence?

Did anyone notice God’s glory go?  Did anyone see a covenant’s closing show?

“Then the glory of the Lord went out from the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubim.”  Ezekiel 10:18

What did the next generation think?  What did they accept as normal, natural or spiritually chic?  They would never know a temple filled with the Holy One’s blinding brightness; an inner chamber clouded with a living God’s danger.  How could they know it had become a show?

They were confined to their own time. Their experience in traditions ways. Yet, God’s plan spans every generations day.

How can you miss what you’ve never known?

Has Western Civilization’s time come?  Are we too living in age where “spiritual” is more of the theatrical?  Has anyone noticed God’s glory go?

lede_globalchristianityI don’t know how the Spirit flows.  I don’t know from whence He comes or where He goes.  I don’t know if this time is a Spiritual high or low.

Was the early Church the pinnacle?
How am I supposed to know?

Was the Great Awakening better?
If it is true, should I be bitter?

Are today’s abominations more than times long ago?
There is no one left who really knows.

What happened to the faithful in Ezekiel’s day?  Those who sighed over admonition’s sway?  When God’s glory left, did they still obey?

“And the Lord said to him, “Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.”  Ezekiel 9:4

What if the glory of God has lifted once again?  Am I of a time filled with mere traditional feign?  Has He gone forth from the north; preferring the austere of the other hemisphere?

Am I hanging onto an echo from another day?
How can I know what is beyond show?

I’m confined to my own time.  My experience bound in traditions ways.  Yet, God’s plan spans even my generation’s day.

I’m prone to compare the temperature of my soul; gauging my fire on a consensus poll.  I have my traditional ways but from what era?  It is hard to say.

It may not matter.  Who am I to say to the Potter, “I should be the primary vessel of the day”.

What I do know, is that the Spirit comes and goes.

He resides within me; marking me for eternity.  I am called to follow but not to know.  I don’t know if this time is a Spiritual high or low.
All I know is I want more.

So, I will continue to sign and groan over abominations secret and known.
I will continue to pray as a social dissenter from a place no longer at the epicenter.

I will continue to give my life, heart, and soul, to the One whose glory overflows.

“And the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub to the threshold of the house, and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the Lord.”  Ezekiel 10:4

PRAYER: Lord, I read the news about all the abominations celebrated and normalized.  I watch friends and family accept ways contrary to your world with an indifference to what you have called sin.  Father, I sigh and groan as someone who is not home.  Keep me uncomfortable with this world. Conform me to your will.  Transform me into a slave of righteousness.  Help me to understand my time.  Lord, do not harden this generation.  Do not leave my society in its works of flesh.  Father, send your Spirit to move mightily in this time; revive us Lord.  Draw this rebellious generation to salvation.    I pray this in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

25 comments

  1. Thanks for browsing in my site today and leaving some likes for me. I hope to see you more often. I am already following.


  2. Very true. The poetic form multiplied the impact.
    Are we more spiritual, more knowledgeable, than Christians of past eras? Is it harder to live a Christian life today than in previous generations? How can we even think we know? But we can know that God has not changed and He does not tailor His expectation of me to my wimpy nature.


  3. Very beautiful and very meaningful to those of us who weep for the world.


  4. I found the details of the spread of Christianity interesting, but I wonder how many people, when asked to complete a survey, tick the Christian box, because they have been brought up as a Christian, but in truth do not believe.
    You could call them C & Es – Christmas and Easter attendees :- o)


  5. Your blog shows the heart of God, by the way you show your heart. Sadness at the recognition that the glory of God sometimes departs and no one even knows. Put this heart breaking scripture with yours – (Samson) awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord has left him You visited me today and left like on I’m Glad I Did Not Die. Thank you. I followed you back. Powerful blogging here.


  6. Beautifully written. Amazing sentiments.


  7. Absolutely loved your heartfelt prayer! Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled. Matt. 5:6. Love the lesser known God’s Word translation which reads, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for God’s approval. They will be satisfied.” I think you will definitely find satisfaction!


  8. JD,

    Thanks so much for this heartfelt post full of provocative questions that flow from the poet’s pen. Your prayer was especially moving, as the statement ” Transform me into a slave of righteousness” resonated to the depths of my soul.

    As always, thanks so much for stopping by “The Apothecary Shoppe” and taking time to “like” what you read.


  9. I don’t think you’ve written in poetry before. It definitely made an added impact to a very serious comment. God bless you. Keep it up.


    • I really like poetry but I have always found it intimidating since I don’t know all the rules. This was my first attempt so I was apprehensive to put it out there. I glad that it was not distracting. BTW I really enjoyed your book of poetry. I picked it up as an ebook. Well Done!


  10. “Keep me uncomfortable with this world.” AMEN, JD. May God find us faithful to the very end!


  11. Whoa !!! This post makes ya think. It also describes what see and feel sometimes… I ask the questions.. One thing for sure … I do not want my passion for my savior to grow cold…..


    • Amen to that!


  12. Brilliant piece..compelling. What I found so refreshing was the honesty to question the “theatrical” to simply knowing when the Spirit comes or goes.
    Great stuff JD.


    • Thanks; God Bless! JD


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  16. This is very thought-provoking! I never quite took this perspective. Thank you so much for your thoughts. insights!


    • You are very welcome. Thanks for the encouraging words. God Bless! JD


  17. I love this post and it is something I think about a lot. Especially, when I observe my children and their adult children. My grandchildren inhabit a culture foreign to me and their expectations of life are very different. There is really nothing we can do but try to stay in the Word, obey it, and pray.


    • So very true. Thanks JD


  18. I appreciate your heart, please allow me to share an impression (it could be wrong ). Where is your joy? Do you laugh in your prayer time as you share with him? I don’t sense your faith as light (compared to heavy ) to live. In my opinion I have a personality He wants to know and to see, and others see as warm and joyful. Bless you as you inspire others including myself to examine our hearts.


  19. A very powerful post. I loved the poetry of it, but most of all the yearning for God’s presence.


    • Hey David – thanks for the encouragement. I am glad that you liked the poetic tone. It is not my normal writing style but it was fun to experiment with. God Bless! JD



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