“‘Since they have led my people astray by saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and since when a flimsy wall is being built, they plaster it with whitewash,11 therefore, tell those plastering it with whitewash that it will fall. Torrential rain will come, and I will send hailstones plunging down, and a whirlwind will be released. 12 When the wall has fallen, will you not be asked, “Where’s the whitewash you plastered on it?” -Ezekiel 13:10-12
I knew immediately I had sinned. My heart literally ached. I couldn’t pray. I couldn’t read the Bible. How could I approach God’s throne of grace in my current state?
The Israelites had also sinned against the Lord and their false prophets only led them further away from God instead of to repentance, which is the only appropriate response to sin. Consequently, the whole nation was under God’s judgment.
Their wall was in ruins; its foundation destroyed leaving them vulnerable to an attack from their enemies. However, instead of rebuilding it, they plastered it with whitewash, so that it appeared like new when in reality it was still broken.
How many times have done the same? How many times have sinned against God and instead of repentance we have tried to cover up our brokenness? Like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden we try to hide our nakedness and shame from God. Unknowingly leaving ourselves vulnerable to the enemy’s attack.
However, there is good news! We no longer have to hide. Hebrews 4:15-16 says:
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.
What I love about the book of Ezekiel is that we see God’s mercy and grace even then. Although Ezekiel’s message starts with judgment, it ends with a promise of restoration.
God wants to rebuild the ruins in your life. Do not allow Satan’s false whispers of peace to lure you away from obedience.
- Confess your sins.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:19
- Turn away or “lay them aside”.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. -Hebrews 12:1
- Produce fruit.
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. -Matthew 3:8
Only then will you know peace and be able to withstand the rain.