Wasting Away

Ezekiel 24:23
“And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another.”

If you have ever seen a person slowly waste away because of sickness, you will understand how disheartening it is to see a loved one slowly get closer to death. As a boy, I remember watching a lady who had an eating disorder slowly waste away to the point that she literally starved herself to death. As a boy, watching her slowly get closer to death, and seeing the grief of her son was a memorable moment of my life. It is never pleasant to see someone waste away because of disease.

God said that Israel was going to “pine away” in their iniquities. The words “pine away” means to languish, grow lean, or to waste away slowly. Sin had the same effect on Israel that disease has on the body. Though they thought they could continue in their sin without any effects, they soon found out that sin had slowly eaten at them to the point where they no longer could do what they thought they could do.

Sadly, there are many Christians who fall for Satan’s lies and traps of sin, and they never see how their sin is slowly affecting their effectiveness for the LORD. Just like Samson woke up and said that he would go out as at other times before, many Christians wake up every day and think they can continue in their sin without any effects, only to discover that sin has slowly eaten at their spirituality to the point that they are no longer making an impact on those around them.

Christian, you must realize that all sin has a wasting away effect. Romans 6:23 reminds us, “For the wages of sin is death…” I know that we often use this verse to witness to the lost, but the wages of sin is death to anyone who doesn’t deal with it quickly. Sin has a pining away effect on those who think they have a handle on their sin. Many preachers have secretly committed sin only to find one day that their sin ate away at their effectiveness and spiritual strength until it destroyed them. Many Christians have continued in a sin that they thought they could control, only to discover that sin slowly took them to the point of destruction.

My friend, it doesn’t matter how many great things you have done for the LORD in the past, sin always catches up. Numbers 32:23 is still true when it says, “…behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.” Your past usefulness to the LORD does not take away the decaying effect that sin has on your life. Just like running water slowly washes away a mountainside, sin also slowly breaks the Christian down to the point to where it destroys them. Your spiritual heights don’t negate sin’s destructive pattern in your life. If you continue in sin, you will waste away to the point to where you are no longer effective for the LORD.

The answer to keeping from wasting away in sin is to deal with it promptly. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Confession and repentance are the quickest way to stop sin’s eroding effect in your Christianity. Now is the time to deal with your sin by confessing it to God if you don’t want to waste away in your sin to the point of destruction. Don’t allow yourself to be another casualty on sin’s chart. Deal with it today!

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