Ezekiel 12:17–28 (NKJV)
17 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 18 “Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety. 19 And say to the people of the land, ‘Thus says the Lord God to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the land of Israel: “They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dread, so that her land may be emptied of all who are in it, because of the violence of all those who dwell in it. 20 Then the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall become desolate; and you shall know that I am the Lord.” ’ ”
God told Ezekiel to eat and drink with trembling and anxiety, to show the condition of the Israelites when the judgment of God arrives. The judgment is coming, and the land will be emptied.
21 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 22 “Son of man, what is this proverb that you people have about the land of Israel, which says, ‘The days are prolonged, and every vision fails’? 23 Tell them therefore, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel.” But say to them, “The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision. 24 For no more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. 25 For I am the Lord. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it,” says the Lord God.’ ”
26 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 27 “Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.’ 28 Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done,” says the Lord God.’ ”
In this passage, the Lord addresses the common interpretation of God’s prophecies of the coming judgment. The common Jew felt that God’s judgment would not in their lifetime; that the judgment was not for them at all. God wanted them to hear from the prophet Ezekiel that the judgment would come soon and would not be postponed. The time would come soon.
When God promises something, you should not discount His promises. You should also not discount His words of discipline or chastening. God chastens for a reason and does not do so lightly. So whether a blessing or a curse, be sure that God will honor His word.