The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
That’s some pretty powerful stuff right there.
Ezekiel the Old Testament prophet is laying down some twenty first century wisdom. Actually it’s eternal wisdom that will apply throughout time.
What Ezekiel is saying is you are in charge and you are responsible for all you do and all that happens to you. Not the government, not the church, not your family, not your friends, not your enemies, but you and only you are responsible.
Your righteousness and your wickedness are yours to own. You own it, no one else does, no matter what you think of say.
I’m not saying that you are the sole cause of all that happens to you, although much of your circumstances are a product of your decisions and actions. Some things do happen randomly.
What is important is when the random things happen, whether they are good or bad, you realize that it is yours to deal with. Not your mom’s or your dad’s , your husband’s or your wife’s or your children’s, not your friend’s or your church’s or your government’s, not even God’s. It’s yours, you own it.
It’s yours. It’s your righteousness or your wickedness that is upon you.
God has given you the ability to deal with it. For you to expect someone else to deal with it and take responsibility for your fate is wasting the gift of life.
Good or bad, happy or sad, it’s upon you.
Deal with it.
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