Scripture: Ezekiel 33.
(What is God saying here?)
Ezekiel 33:30-33 (NLT)
30 “Son of man, your people talk about you in their houses and whisper about you at the doors. They say to each other, ‘Come on, let’s go hear the prophet tell us what the LORD is saying!’
31 So my people come pretending to be sincere and sit before you. They listen to your words, but they have no intention of doing what you say. Their mouths are full of lustful words, and their hearts seek only after money.
32 You are very entertaining to them, like someone who sings love songs with a beautiful voice or plays fine music on an instrument. They hear what you say, but they don’t act on it!
33 But when all these terrible things happen to them—as they certainly will—then they will know a prophet has been among them.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
Friends, these verses are addressed to the prophet Ezekiel, and related to the people of Israel who had become very hardened. I want us to consider that they are addressed to our individual pastor/shepherd, because I see the warning as very real and applicable to our congregations today. I believe that when you take these verses in this context, you will agree with me that it is time that we take off the false faces of pretense and come humbly before God asking forgiveness for our littleness. You see, we can pretend before the pastor, and we can pretend before fellow church members, especially if we only see them at church, but friend we cannot pretend before God for He can scale back the shell of pretense and can see to the very depths of our soul. In fact, I wish that we would consider going to church this week and assuming that it is Jesus standing in front of our congregation sharing God’s Word. Perhaps we will then break down the walls of pretense, falsehood, stubbornness, lying, evil thoughts and actions, ungodliness and pride. This would be a true revelation to us. This would bring revival to us individually and to our churches. The sobering thought is that we don’t need to wait until Saturday or Sunday to do this, for God’s Word is available today to speak to our very souls. Jesus loves us each and every day, and He is ready and willing to show that love in a very honest and sincere way even today, but we must open the door to allow Him inside our walls mentioned above. Won’t you consider joining me in allowing Jesus to fill our lives with His love and mercy even today?
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father God, You are awesome! When I look at Old Testament scripture that is often very difficult for me to apply to current day life, yet in this passage this morning You have opened my eyes to this passage in a very real and applicable way. Please help me today to be very attuned to all that you would do in my life and in my presence. Please help me to stay attuned to Your Word in such a way that it will become very practical and life changing for me and for those that I interact with. Touch the hearts of those that are hurting today and need a touch from You. Also be a great influence to those who agree with me in the applicability of this Word from you this morning. Use Your mighty hand to work in our lives today, is my humble prayer oh Lord.
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