No More Delay – April 2018
By Stephanie Butler | Shekhinah International
Encouragement for the Faithful
A Prophetic encouragement for the corporate Body of Christ! We must heed and shift and take up our place on the walls of our cities. This week I was given Ezekiel 12:28 from a dear woman in our congregation. It reads, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer, whatever I say will be fulfilled.” When I first received it, I was so excited, because there are so many promises God has promised to fulfill this year. However, I couldn’t stop weeping when I read it in the context of the verse. Remember, cContext is key.
Warning to the Wavering
This verse falls right in the middle of God telling Ezekiel to do a prophetic act representing the exiles of Israel to Babylon because of their rebellion toward God. Ezekiel had warned them, practically begged them, but they wouldn’t listen. On one hand God is encouraging those of us who have been faithful that we will receive all that He has promised us. On the other hand, God is warning those of us in the church to stop worshiping the spirit of Baal (through abortion) and to stop compromising our beliefs on traditional marriage (like Sodom and Gommorah) and to stop making our stomachs our God like Ahab. The promise for no more delay applies to both those who worship Him and those who were practicing a mixture of worshiping God and idols.
My heart is so grieved as I write these words today. This verse is followed immediately by a rebuke of the false prophets who are prophesying out of their own imagination and haven’t seen anything. God goes on to share why He was going to allow the exile. He said, “You have not gone up to the breaks in the wall to repair it for the house of Israel, so that it will stand firm in the day of battle on the day of the Lord.” Then He continues, “because of your false words and lying visions I AM against you” and then…” they lead my people astray, saying ‘peace’ when there is no peace because when a flimsy wall is built they cover it up with whitewash.” After basically rebuking the prophets for allowing mixture in the people and not helping the people become strong for battle, God continues to explain the purpose for the exile.