Boy, how I wish I had purchased stock in duct tape! Not only do they now have this universally revered product in a seemingly infinite array of colors and patterns, but have you seen the bandaids with the same kind of fiber embedded in them? They’re the BEST! (And, as a school nurse, I am, after all, a connoisseur of fine bandaids.) Do they even use it for ducts anymore? I wonder if they took a roll of it into space during the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission; I seem to remember Tom Hanks and his crew using it…
I have discovered, however, a weakness in our beloved duct tape. It doesn’t like the cold, at least not for long. It becomes brittle and the adhesive is no longer reliable. (Ask me how I know.) The truth is, it’s really only a temporary fix, i.e., it will eventually let you down. So, right, I can go ahead and use it to shore up the muffler on the old car, but I’d better make it a priority to get the muffler replaced ASAP.
Which is a bit like what some of these “prophets” in Israel were doing just before the Hebrews’ forced exile to the enemy nation of Babylon:
“O people of Israel, these prophets of yours are like jackals digging in the ruins. They have done nothing to repair the breaks in the walls around the nation.”
Okay, so they didn’t have duct tape back then and Ezekiel uses a different analogy. The point is, these false prophets were more concerned about maintaining the status quo than making an authentic fix. They could not acknowledge the “ruinous” state of their society, blinded as they were by their own selfish satisfaction, making them more concerned with their personal prosperity and comfort zone than the effort it would take to truly fix the problem.
What about our nation, my family, my own heart?
God’s plan is to repair, restore, and renew…not just hand us a roll of duct tape, no matter how fancy it is.
Ezekiel 13:4,5 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.