Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
November 21 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 15-16
Food for Thought: Ez. 16:9-20, 34, 39, 60
In Ezekiel 16 the Lord paints a picture of the pathetic condition of Israel when He finds her and claims her as His and how she later sacrifices all her beauty, fame, wealth, and children for the attention of other nations instead of enjoying His unconditional love. In His analogy, God calls her a harlot because she gave herself to “everyone passing by.” Unfortunately, this analogy is drawn from actual true-life cases of people that have taken place over and over throughout history, and it is, indeed, pathetic and very sad.
For various reasons, hurting people are sometimes incapable of receiving love and a blessed situation, yet are desperate for approval and attention from all the wrong people, and they make the horrible mistake of offering themselves and all they have to those who are more than glad to take advantage of them, use them, and abuse them, and then move on to the next one. What’s even more lamentable is that children enter the picture and suffer gravely. Their well-being and hope for a stable family as God designed it is sacrificed as the hurting people continue in the harmful lifestyle. What’s more, millions of those children have been sacrificed at the hands of abortionists before they even have an opportunity to take a breath. All because Satan has lured people to degrade themselves and offer themselves to insincere, abusive people instead of waiting for the right relationship, with the Lord in the center of the ordained matrimony.
But there is always good news! Just as the Lord promises to remember His covenant with Israel and establish an everlasting covenant with her, He will do the same for anyone who wants His healing and restoration. He loves to make all things new (II Cor. 5:17; Rev. 21:5) and give you a new beginning. No one has sunk as low as Israel did, so if God will take back and clean up Israel, He will do it for anyone, thanks to His unconditional love and the sacrifice of His Son for our every mistake and shame. And it is never too late to begin a new life in Him and enjoy things His way. (See II Tim. 2:22; II Cor. 6:14; I Thes. 5:22; Eph. 2:4, 5.)
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.):