Day 8

A Visionary Journey to Jerusalem

from the Ezekiel: Come to Life (Lent 2022) reading plan

Ezekiel 8:1-18, Ezekiel 9:1-11, Isaiah 26:20-21, Revelation 7:1-3

BY Yana Conner

Today’s passage brings the nineties R&B hit, “Who Can I Run To?,” to mind in which the girl group quartet Xscape sang of longing for someone to meet their needs for love, acceptance, and security. However, it seems no one within their sight was capable or willing as they wailed over and over in the chorus, “Who can I run to?”. 

Growing up in a home where listening to secular music was not allowed, I didn’t get to enjoy this number eight Billboard-charting hit until some youth leaders in my church developed a Christian version of it. Though their efforts to be hip and convince young people to run to God and not the club still makes me cringe, I am thankful for the intentional ways they sought to get it through my thick teenage skull that God was the one I could and should run to when I’m in need or trouble.

Yet, this is where the people of Judah found themselves. With Babylon physically present each passing day, they came to believe God did not see or care about their impending doom. They allowed their circumstances to deceive them into thinking He had abandoned them. Ironically, however, their circumstance—receiving the Lord’s judgment—was proof God saw them. He saw their idolatry and sent Ezekiel to give them a heads up that His judgment was on the horizon.

Instead of looking to the Lord who promised to forgive and heal their land if they humbled themselves and asked for help (2Chronicles 7:14), they turned their backs to Him and sought salvation from the sun as well as gods they could hold in their hands. 

Sounds like nonsense, right? Put your trust in the sun or the One who made it? What’s the better option? But, truth be told, on the days when I’m anxious and unsure of how God will show up for me, I run to created things as my source of comfort and hope. Ezekiel reminds us that whether it be a smartphone, or a friend, book, or workout, when we’re in trouble we, like the people of Judah, can run to created things for peace, love, escape, and refuge. 

When we believe God doesn’t see our hardship and has abandoned us, we will make an idol out of anything that makes itself available. When we allow our circumstances to dictate how we interpret God’s character, we, like Xscape and Judah, will be singing, “Who can I run to?”.  In Christ, we can and should always run to Him as our first choice, not our last resort. 

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119 thoughts on "A Visionary Journey to Jerusalem"

  1. Mary Stephens-Clark says:

    John uses symbolism and symbolic language throughout the book of Revelation – this was not a scientific description of the physical earth.


    Hana’s words really spoke to me. How often have I come home from a hard day of teaching to lose myself in a workout, a good book, or a bubble bath when I should be losing myself in His word.


    Hana’s words really spoke to me. How often have I come home from a hard day of teaching to lose myself in a workout, a good book, a bubble bath or even a

  4. Ally Coffey says:

    I had no idea that Ezekiel had so much depth to it. It’s a great book to read for lament. Every chapter has a way that the people have sinned that I can sadly relate with. Thank God we can have a relationship with Him and can turn back to Him whenever we choose.

  5. Karen Jaeger says:

    Issa have you read the scriptures, have you looked around to see the beauty of the One true Gods creation, I pray you’re eyes be opened to a saving relationship with Jesus .

  6. Lizette Martinez says:

    It’s crazy how in the worldly man believes that earth is round but clearly states in bible there was an angel in all four corners of the earth .

  7. Issa says:

    There’s no GOD for Israel and GOD for the Christians and GOD for the Moslems and another GOD for the Buddhist…. Every one thinks that GOD belongs to him and depicts GOD in a way to serve his selfish interests. All the religions are man made. There are no angels and no hell or heaven. Paradise is on Earth if we can cooperate altogether and make it a reality. But as long as we fight each other in order to possess what the other has then it’s hell for all of us. I wonder how can people be so stupid to think that GOD wants them to kill one another. If GOD wants to kill a people or a nation HE can do it by Himself in a fraction of a second. Let’s be human and make our Earth a paradise for all of us.

  8. Latrice Zebouchi says:

    I am a few days behind. I’m making an effort to catch up today. This is the first time I’ve read through Ezekiel and I can see our current world much like it was back then. Lord, give us a new heart and spirit!

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