Today’s Reading – Ezekiel 5-8
You, human one, this is what the LORD God proclaims to the land of Israel:
An end! The end has come to the four corners of the earth! Ezekiel 7:2
Ezekiel does not have an easy message to deliver: The end is near!
Ezekiel is bring the message of Jerusalem’s destruction.
Put yourself in Ezekiel’s place. He already knows that God had has told him that the people will not listen to him and yet he must declare the message! What a lonely and stange place to be.
God knows this because they would not listen to God.
What if we lived our lives as if the end was near?
Whatif we lived each day as if it were our last?
What if we loved as God intended?
Tomorrow’s Reading Ezekiel 9-12
Today’s Reading – 2 Kings 22-23 and 2 Chronicles 34-35
When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes.
2 King 22:11
The law had been so forgotten in the land that the book containing all the laws had been long misplaced in the temple. It is easier to stray from God’s teachings when they are not a part of your everyday life.
Josiah upon hearing the law for the first time, responds with complete humility. And begins the process of restoring the law in the land.
400 years ago the Bible was translated into English and the people were able to read it themselves for the first time. No one else needed to interpret the Bible for them. It was a fresh rebirth for Christianity.
Here were 400 years later and the Bible is the most published, most purchased book in the world. Most people own several copies of it. And yet, it sits on most of our shelves misplaced and forgotten.
Rediscover the teachings of God for yourselves. Pick up a Bible today and read it. Perhaps you too might respond like Josiah.
Be careful though.
It is easy to forget the value of the teachings . . .
Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother’s name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, just as his predecessors had done. 2 King 23:31-32
Today/s Reading – Nahum
The LORD is slow to anger but great in power;
the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished.
One hundred years earlier, Jonah preached in the streets of Nineveh and a revival broke out. A few generations later and things are back to usual. Evil once again reigns and God has had enough. Nahum pronounces the judgement of God that is to come. The message of judgement brings comfort to the people who have long sought to seek after God’s ways.
It is a stark reminder to us that a conversion in foxhole is only as valuable as the life of faith lived after the danger has passed. Not sure? Ask Nineveh. Oh wait, you can’t – God destroyed them!
God is patient. God is slow to anger. But with each passing day, each passing generation . . .
What is God waiting on in your life?
What is causing God’s anger to simmer?
Today is as good as any to seek again after God’s way.
Tomorrow may be to late.