Sunday, April 7, 2019

April 7 - Ezekiel 32

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 32. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Building on the message given to Pharaoh in Ezekiel 31, This chapter uses imagery and warnings that are more graphic and specific.
  • God instructs Ezekiel warn Pharaoh that the Babylonians will conquer his country of Egypt.
  • Pharaoh is told that his country will soon join the ranks of "dead" countries and leaders that were once mighty, but went on to be taken down by outside forces. This chapter compares Egypt to the fallen country of Assyria, and Pharaoh to dead rulers named Meshech and Tubal.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • It's easy for us to look at other people who have had secrets exposed, or fallen from grace in a public way, and use their downfalls to feel better about ourselves. When we do this, we are acting like Pharaoh, building up our own pride while convincing ourselves that similar circumstances will "never happen to us."
  • The longer we ignore our own pride and shortcomings, the more of a problem they become. We need to ask God to deal with our pride and problems before they grow into devastating circumstances.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Are you ignoring a "small" problem in your life? The sooner you address it, the easier it is to move forward.
  • Ask God to make clear to you any issues you're ignoring that he wants you to deal with. Maybe it's a conflict you're not addressing, or a life decision you know you need to make, or a relatsionship you know you need to end. Today, take the first step toward that decision. That could mean sending a text message, or making an appointment, or having a hard conversation. The sooner you take it, the easier it will be.