Ezekiel 7:13b “Neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.”
There are many ways that people try to improve their strength and health. Some try diets; some try exercise; some take vitamins. Many people may even try a combination of these. However, if they eat unhealthy foods, or fail to follow the exercise plan, any immediate progress will be superficial and not genuinely successful.
Ezekiel told the house of Israel that God’s fury was coming as a result of their sin. They would be utterly defeated and depleted of their strength. In fact, Ezekiel wrote, “All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.” (7:17) God was letting Israel know that their sin would bring them weakness instead of strength. For example, in business, a little compromise of ethics may produce a short-term profit, but it will later result in long-term weakness, instead of strengthening the business. When it comes to obeying the Word of God, a small compromise will only lead to great disaster later on in life. Choosing right may require a present day sacrifice, but obedience to God will bring His future blessings.
A summary of Ezekiel’s message is that sin cannot strengthen us. Whenever we yield to sin, our strength is made weak. Sin is a false means of strength. The best way to add strength is to live godly. Determine that genuine strength always comes by exercising obedience to God’s Word.
Proverbs 37:16 “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
Proverbs 16:8 “Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.”
I Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
Galatians 5:9 “A little leaven leaventh the whole lump.”