Scripture: Ezekiel 27-29.
(What is God saying here?)
Ezekiel 29:21 (NLT)
21 “And the day will come when I will cause the ancient glory of Israel to revive, and then, Ezekiel, your words will be respected. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
It is tough for us to see outside of our circumstances. In these chapters noted above God sent messages to Israel through the prophet Ezekiel, and He actually followed through on the prophesies in order to get the attention of Israel – to get them to turn away from their sin and change their sinful lifestyles. Much like us today, I’m sure that many in Israel may have cursed God for all the bad stuff that was happening all around them. But what really caught my attention was the verse I noted under ‘Observation’, because no matter what happens, God is still a God of love, but a jealous God. I believe that He has every reason to be jealous. Let’s take a quick peek at the Israelites, He brought them safely through the wilderness for over 40 years and provided everything for them to not only survive, but to flourish. Yet the people worshipped their pagan gods and disrespected God in multiple ways. Should God be upset with them? Now what about us today? God allowed His one and only Son, Jesus, to die a cruel death on a cross designed for criminals of the day, but He did this with a specific purpose in mind, for it is only through the shed blood of Jesus that we can seek forgiveness of our sin, and receive the grace of eternal life with Jesus in heaven. Do we deserve this? No way, for we are a sinful and ungrateful bunch who deserve the pits of Hell. As in the case of the Israelites, God may try to get our attention through various challenging times. Like the Israelites, we have a choice of either cursing God or actually recognizing His power and His ultimate love and accept the unconditional gift that He has provided for those who believe on Him. The love of God, is greater far …..
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father God, please open our eyes to the times, places and circumstances when You are trying to get our attention. We go about this busy life without slowing down enough to really pay attention to what you are trying to accomplish in us. Please help us not to ever get in the position of the Israelites where whole towns were destroyed, just to get them to stop the party – the evil, long enough to truly listen to You. We are truly a needy people Lord, but we are such a busy people that often it will take a lot to get our attention. I pray that today You will work in my life and help me to be keenly aware of your love and work and actions all around me. You are deserving of my total attention. Please help me to give full attention to listening to Your voice, recognizing Your actions all around me, loving others as You love me, and being more like You in everything that I do or say.
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