How do you view yourself? Are you the meat in the stew of your city? Your workplace? Your family? In Ezekiel’s time, there were some people who took self-importance to a new level and crossed the corruption line. God didn’t put up with them for very long…
2 The Lord said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city. 3 They say, ‘Haven’t our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot, and we are the meat in it.’ 4 Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man.”
7 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot, but I will drive you out of it. 8 You fear the sword, and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign Lord.
11 This city will not be a pot for you, nor will you be the meat in it…
Ezekiel 11:2-4, 7-8, 11
The prideful and wicked are around us. They plot and scheme, and they relish in their position. Somehow, some of them feel that they are the pillars of society. They sound like the Soprano’s or some other crime family, don’t they? They live in fancy homes compared to their neighbours and they view themselves as the meat in the stew of the city.
God has a short fuse for such self-importance. It’s so short that when he starts slaying the corrupt, Ezekiel is nervous about no one being left in all of Israel. David’s laments in the Psalms would disagree. He was always looking for God’s fuse to be shorter so that God would deal with those who persecuted David and flaunted their sin in God’s face.
How do you view yourself? Are you the meat in the stew of your city? Your workplace? Your family? You’re answering ‘no’ because you don’t believe you are corrupt like the people in Ezekiel’s story. Think about it another way, though.
Are you that important in your organization or your friendship circle or your family? Are you the centre? Would anything ever happen apart from your initiative? Now we’re talking. Some of us are the glue that keeps things together, right? Just be careful.
When the glue starts believing it’s the meat in the stew we have trouble. Don’t let importance turn into self-importance. Now I am talking to myself. When you end up in leadership positions, there is a slippery slope of self-importance waiting for you. And if you ever slip over the line of corruption it’s a deadly combination.
God’s fuse is short. Don’t lose sight of whom he thinks is the meat in the stew. The victims in the story are the meat in the stew. And God will be on their side and will avenge their mistreatment.
Hungry for some stew?