God’s Story... For My Life - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Destruction Awaits!

Read Ezekiel 7:1-13

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Disaster after disaster is coming your way! The end has come. It has finally arrived. Your final doom is waiting! O people of Israel, the day of your destruction is dawning. The time has come; the day of trouble is near. Shouts of anguish will be heard on the mountains, not shouts of joy. Soon I will pour out my fury on you and unleash my anger against you. I will call you to account for all your detestable sins.

“I will turn my eyes away and show no pity. I will repay you for all your detestable sins. Then you will know that it is I, the Lord, who is striking the blow.

“The day of judgment is here; your destruction awaits! The people’s wickedness and pride have blossomed to full flower. Their violence has grown into a rod that will beat them for their wickedness. None of these proud and wicked people will survive. All their wealth and prestige will be swept away.

“Yes, the time has come; the day is here! Buyers should not rejoice over bargains, nor sellers grieve over losses, for all of them will fall under my terrible anger. Even if the merchants survive, they will never return to their business. For what God has said applies to everyone—it will not be changed! Not one person whose life is twisted by sin will ever recover.”
(Ezekiel 7:5-13)

Reflect

Like Amos, Joel, Nahum, and other Old Testament prophets, Ezekiel talks about the “Day” (7:7) of the Lord—a time of great judgment. In chapter 7, Ezekiel predicts the complete destruction of Judah.

If it seems as though God ignores those who do wrong in our day, be assured that a Day of Judgment will come, just as it came for the people of Judah. God is waiting patiently for sinners to repent (see 2 Peter 3:9), but when his judgment comes, “None of these proud and wicked people will survive” (Ezekiel 7:11). What you decide about God now will determine your fate when God’s judgment of the earth comes to fruition.

Respond

The nation of Judah trusted in its prosperity and possessions instead of in God. So God planned to destroy the basis of its prosperity. Whenever we begin to trust in jobs, the economy, a political system, or military might for our security, we put God in the back seat. Is there anything you trust more than God? Consider how God waits patiently for you to put the whole weight of your trust in him.

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