Saturday, April 6, 2019

Ezekiel 31

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 31. 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?)
  • God instructs Ezekiel to warn Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, that his nation has become dangerously prideful. 
  • Comparisons are made to the nation of Assyria. Assyria had previously grown to become a towering, intimidating, strong empire, but was later destroyed by other nations. God warns Pharaoh that his country will suffer a similar fate if it continues its haughtiness and pride.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Selifsh pride is one of the easiest ways to forget what God has done for us. Pride builds us up: we start taking credit for good things in our lives, and we convince ourselves that we can do things on our own. The more pride grows, the further from God we drift.
  • We need to remind ourselves daily that God is the priority in our lives, and that good things are blessings from him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Is pride beginning to grow in an area of your life? Maybe you boast to everyone about your accomplishments at work, or brag about how you good you are at a certain skill, or take credit for hitting a big milestone. 
  • Take time today to ask God to show you where unhealthy pride is growing in your life, and thank him for blessing you with good things. From now on, when you're tempted to brag or boast or feel "holier than thou," use that as a reminder to thank God -- not yourself -- for what he has done.