THE WORD of the Lord came to me again, saying, What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? As I live, says the Lord God, you shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Ezekiel 18:1-3
God spoke to the prophet, about a constant proverb that had been circulating among the people. It was so ingrained into their hearts that it has spread all throughout the land. In essence, it meant that because their ancestors, their parents had sinned, they were doomed and cursed. The proverb made their hearts to simply give up on life and to settle for what had been laid up for them as “fate”.
The proverb was not a fallacy, or an urban legend. It was indeed a recount of the past and a reminder of what had happened. The problem with this proverb is that instead of a reminder of what not to do, it was setting the stage for the israelites of what to do. It was marking their future. It was grappling their hopes and setting them to a dull and stoke future.
How many times we have’d put down ourselves saying, “I was not born in the right home, I don’t live in the right place, my parents did this or that to me, I am here because of what they or someone else did”? How many times have you let the past dictate where, why, when or what your future has is store for you? How many times you have said, that because of the choices someone else, or even yourself have made, you have no hope and you have to settle for was is laid before you?
God certainly heard the proverb and had a answer for his children “As I live, says the Lord God, you shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel” (v.3). So, it doesn’t matter where you are, it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it doesn’t matter who you are, He has said, no more. No more disillusion, no more watered down dreams, no more grappling or being controlled by the past. He has made a new day. He has plans for your future, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11), and as long as He lives, there will be no more sour grapes.
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”