Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
November 17 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 7-8
Food for Thought: Ez. 8:12
The Lord loves people too much to allow them to continue committing shameful things done secretly. People think they can hide them and that the Lord does not see it, but He does, and He desires for them to be set free from those things. So He faithfully sends messengers to warn them of the harm of living the hidden sinful life. Those messengers may be ministers behind a pulpit, a loving friend, or even the very Word itself. Of course, the voice of the Holy Spirit is always there to direct us, as well.
But if the persistent warning is not heeded, the Lord may move on to the next step: exposure. The concealed illicit practice will somehow be found out. He shines His light on the hidden things, not to destroy the rebellious ones, but so that they can be dealt with and the people set free from the lifestyle. At that point, it will be embarrassing, painful, and very costly, but so worth it if they will humble themselves and allow the Lord to deliver them. Unfortunately, by this stage, other people are involved and will be affected, such as family members, brothers and sisters in Christ, and/or co-workers.
There is always a price to pay in the natural for refusing to take correction from the Lord. Sin is painful, and the consequences are harsh. That is why the Lord urges us to “walk as children of the light (Eph. 5:8).” Romans 13:12, 13 says, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.”
Because of God’s great love, He has made a way for us all and brings us hope! “Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:78-79).” In realization of this great hope, Micah shares a wonderful confession of faith for anyone who finds himself/herself in a situation that may feel like defeat: “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me.” It’s just a matter of realizing 1) that He does, indeed, see you; 2) that He desires to pluck you out of that darkness so that you live in His light; and 3) He will fulfill His desire in you if you will admit the problem, humble yourself before Him, and allow Him to do a work in you. Don’t wait for the severe consequences of the sin before you call out for His light.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):