Today's reading: Ezekiel 25- 28
For thus says the Lord God: Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the malice within you against the land of Israel.... Ezekiel 25: 6 NRSV
I have tried hard to teach our son to lose well and win will in playing games. Just last night we played Sorry! together. He got mad because I won and he never wins at that game. I don't think there is any special skill involved with this game, rather it is the luck of the cards you draw. But the point is I want him to lose and win gracefully. When he won at another game last week, he was overly victorious and gleeful.
I am not sure I know how to teach him except for setting an example and talking with him about his actions when he doesn't win...and when he does. I have let him know that the losers always get their feelings hurt at a time when they are already feeling defeated.
The Ammonites have not been gracious as Israel and Judah have fallen. In fact, they have been like small children, clapping their hands and laughing that God's people have lost. Their glee has been noticed by God. Now Ezekiel is prophesying against them.
Have you ever rejoiced over anyone else's hardship? Maybe an ex-spouse or co-worker. A former friend or neighbor. Or maybe someone half a world a way that you have never met but you, in your heart of hearts, are actually happy over their misfortune.
God, we want to be honest with you. We do rejoice over the misfortunes of others from time to time.
We just can't seem to help ourselves. But you take notice and you gently remind us like a parent that we must be gracious and merciful just like you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims