Sunday, March 31, 2019

Ezekiel 30

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 30. 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?)
  • Today's reading expands on chapter 29 from yesterday, detailing the specific ways Egypt will be destroyed. It identified specific cities and regions, as well as the calamity that will befall them.
  • At the end of this chapter, we read about Pharaoh having a broken arm. This might literally mean that God broke a bone in Pharaoh's body, but it's more commonly believed that this refers to the first attack on his country. This was the beginning of the weakening of Pharaoh's reign.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Pharaoh ignored all the warning signs that his leadership was about to fall. 
  • It's easy for us to get caught up in our own plans and accomplishments, and ignore when God is trying to get our attention. We need to remain humble and open to what God (and wise people around us) have to say about our lives.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is there part of your life where you have become confident in your own plans, without asking if those plans are what God wants for you? Reflect on the different areas of your life, and ask God to take away any plans that He doesn't want for you.
  • Have you sought wise counsel from people around you who are also pursuing Jesus? Outside voices of wisdom can add helpful, godly perspective that you might not see. If you haven't already, reach out to someone you're close with and ask for their thoughts on a decision -- or set of decisions -- you're considering.