Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 22-24
Today’s Reflection: Ezekiel 24:14
I the Lord have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord God.
As God gave His prophet Ezekiel a message about how Babylon would besiege the city of Jerusalem and ultimately bring Judah to ruin, He ends with the words in today’s text.
We know that the God we serve is merciful and patient wishing that none should perish (Romans 2:4). And we know that He is gracious, giving us free gift of salvation (John 3:16). But we must believe, and belief is not merely a matter of knowing, but involves living out our beliefs. Our faith must translate into works (James 2:17).
James 1:21-22 – 21) Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22) But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
God’s Word must penetrate our hearts and change who we are as people. We must accept the tests, trials and tribulations that come and that God uses to shape our character. And this all becomes possible because of the choice we make: to let Jesus into our hearts or to keep Him out. To let Him change us from the inside out, or to ignore the gently persistent call of the Holy Spirit.
Revelation 3:19-21 – 19) Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20) Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21) The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
But if we refuse to listen to God’s Word, if we refuse His chastening and correction, if we turn from God’s laws and continue defiantly in our own way, one day judgment will come. And on that day God won’t hold back. He won’t relent. He won’t listen to pleas for patience or mercy then. Because the punishment He metes out will be according to the desires of the punished. Those who refused to turn away from sin when given the opportunity will receive sin’s reward (or wage): death (Romans 6:23). Don’t be counted among these people.
Deuteronomy 8:20 – Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.