I woke up with the words “comfortably numb” on my mind and it reminded me of the song by Pink Floyd. Comfortably numb…hmm…have
I become comfortably numb? Have you become comfortably numb? As the day went on, those two words continued to roll around in my head like the clothes being tossed to and fro in my dryer. I was sure God was trying to show me something that needed to be shared with others.
The next morning at 4 a.m., I am wide-awake because I am still hearing the words “comfortably numb”. As I lay in bed I say, “Okay God, I hear You, You have my attention. What are you trying to show me?” Any thought of staying in my warm bed was gone at that point.
Snuggled in my warm bathrobe with a cup of coffee, I sat down and got to work trying to understand what God was showing me. Thank goodness for Google because at 4 a.m. I was not ready to go looking for a dictionary. I looked up the definition of “numb” and its synonyms.
Numb when used as a verb means to “deprive of feeling or responsiveness”. Some of the synonyms for numb are: apathetic, indifferent, callous, detached, aloof, disinterested, insensible, unconcerned, and unfeeling.
Ouch! The definition of “numb” should be enough to get our attention and the synonyms ought to pierce our hearts. Have we as Christians become numb to the needs around us? Have we become apathetic, indifferent, callous, detached, aloof, disinterested, insensible, unconcerned, and unfeeling towards those lost in the darkness? Are we so “comfortably numb” that the depravity of this world no longer bothers us? Is it possible that we can make a difference?
In Ezekiel 22:30, God is looking for intercessors, people who will stand in the gap.
“I looked for someone to stand up for me against all this, to repair the defenses of the city, to take a stand for me and stand in the gap to protect this land so I wouldn’t have to destroy it. I couldn’t find anyone.” (MSG)
God couldn’t find anyone. Not one priest, not one prophet, not one prince, and not even one person who was willing to intercede in prayer. Today God is still looking for prayer warriors who will stand in the gap. He is looking for those who have not become comfortably numb to the needs of those in their community and the world.
One person can make a difference with their prayers. Will you answer God’s call in Ezekiel 22 and pray for the lost. Can we join in prayer against the wickedness of this world? Will you pray for our leaders and will you pray against the division in this country? Lets ask God to burden our hearts for the needs of this world so that we never become “comfortably numb”.
What was Pink Floyd singing about in their song, “Comfortably Numb”? Some say it was drugs. Roger Waters who wrote it said it was not. I really don’t think it matters. What matters is that God is creative and he can use any means to reveal his message to us. Let the opening lyrics of the song play in your head and listen closely for what God has to say to you. They seem to go perfectly with Ezekiel 22.
Hello? Hello? Hello?
Is there anybody in there? (Or in this case, “out there”?)
Just nod if you can hear me.
God is looking for someone to answer the call to intercede in prayer for this world. Is that you? Just nod if you can hear Him.
Until next time, may you be Simply Blessed.
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