Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
November 26 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 25-26
Food for Thought: Ez. 26:2-6
Tyrus did what most people would do at the sight of the downfall of a competitor: rejoice and seek financial gain from it. When Jerusalem fell, Tyrus said, “Aha! she is broken, broken to pieces, that was the gates of the people, to whom there was a great resort and where there was a general rendezvous of all nations, some upon one account and some upon another, and I shall get by it; all the wealth, power, and interest, which Jerusalem had, it is hoped, shall be turned to Tyre, and so now that she is laid waste I shall be replenished.” To the world, there would be nothing wrong with that. It seems natural to see how tragic circumstances could be turned to their benefit and be glad about it. But God doesn’t see things that way, especially when they involve His chosen people.
The attitude of Tyrus was wrong for many reasons. First, though Israel was being disciplined for her horrid behavior, it did not mean that God stopped loving her. So for others to rejoice at her demise was offensive to Him. Second, the motive behind Tyrus’ attitude was covetousness and greed, a characteristic of the world’s system which is diabolically contrary to God’s way Who desires that people trust Him for provision instead of wishing harm to come to others in order to accumulate their wealth (see Eph. 5:33). And third, such an attitude is devoid of love and compassion and also contrary to God’s way of being (see Luke 6:27, 35).
Proverbs 24:17 says, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.” In this world, there will be people who pit themselves against the righteous and will fall as consequence of their actions, but we should take no pleasure in that. They are human beings made in God’s image who will suffer severely if they do not repent. They, like us, are in need of a Savior and in need of someone who will extend a hand of mercy and grace, just as we needed it—something of much more importance than our increase in ill-gotten wealth. They are people whom God loves every bit as much as He loves us, and He takes no pleasure in seeing them suffer.
Making plans to raise oneself up on the ruins of others and rejoicing in someone else’s demise completely disregards God’s love for mankind, and that is at the root of the problem. So in our dealings with people today, let us be reminded of the nature of God within us and guard ourselves from the natural reactions, and choose, instead, that of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. Then, He will prosper us, but it will be His way, and not man’s.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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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.):
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