Ezekiel continues to get God’s word on the fate of the people. They are in for tough times – what is described as the “end times” in chapter seven. Things are going to be tough – people will die. It is not a pretty picture. I was surprised at how money seems to be a big theme in this chapter. “There hard earned cash stinks like garbage. They find that it won’t buy a thing they either want or need on Judgment Day”. We put a lot of stock in having money and think it really matters for our future. Obviously compared to getting right with God through obedience, money doesn’t matter a hill of beans. We can’t take it with us and it doesn’t buy us anything in God’s eyes. That is why scripture tells us to “store up treasures in heaven” – not to put every penny we can into our 401K so we have money to buy something from God in the end. We need to make sure we are living life in a way that pleases God. That is how we prepare for eternity – not by making and saving money. We get a glimpse of what God does when He looks on the sin of His people – He says “I’ll turn my face”. He can’t look at sin. He has to turn away. When we feel alone, like God has left, we need to see if sin is the cause. He also reveals the impact of that – “gripped by fear, they can’t move”. When God turns his face, we feel very alone and separated. We feel exposed and naked. We are controlled by fear. We need to be right with Him!