“I the LORD have spoken. The time has come for me to act. I will not hold back; I will not have pity, nor will I relent. You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares the Sovereign LORD.” Ezekiel 24:14
God was bringing severe judgment upon Jerusalem and Israel. They had chosen as a nation to reject God and His commands. Over and over God had sent prophets to the people to get them to change, but they refused. God was finally done with their actions and was going to strike them with no pity. They were going to be judged by their own actions.
Being judged is something most people do not like to have happen. Some will accept certain people to be judged, but most do not even like anyone to be judged. It is commonly accepted that everyone must accept everyone, regardless of who they are or what they have done or are doing.
There are churches today that claim that anyone can get into heaven as long as they believe in God and strive to live a good life. Their thoughts have nothing to do with Jesus or what He said. It has become a ‘feel good’ society. If it feels good, it must be good, thus one can do it.
A person’s actions are what determines how God will look at them. Although God always looks at a person in love, He cannot tolerate or accept any sin of any type at all. God holds each person responsible for his own actions, both good and bad. Once a person has sinned, however, one cannot do enough good to pay for the action of that one sin. Only Jesus can remove that sin.
Your actions will be judged someday. Everything will hinge on whether you believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation or you believe in yourself or someone else for salvation. The action of believing in Jesus for your salvation is the action that will bring about your salvation. God will look at what Jesus has done in your life and keep you alive.
By not believing in Jesus, you have chosen the action of refusing to believe, thus sealing your death sentence with God.
When God looks at all of your actions what will He see?
Trying to save self?
Or trust in Jesus for salvation?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior; that your actions will show belief in Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to cleanse you from all sin; and that your life will be patterned after that of Jesus.
“Your own conduct and actions have brought this on you. This is your punishment. How bitter it is! How it pierces to the heart!” Jeremiah 4:18
God begins to describe the destruction that was going to come upon the land. He would completely ruin the land and bring a great disaster upon the people. Not all of the people would be destroyed, but there would be a great number of them destroyed. The anguish of pain and suffering would be very great.
As this was happening, many people would be crying out as to why it was occurring. The nation of Israel always saw themselves as God’s special nation. They were supposed to be His people with great abundance and blessing, yet, all they were seeing was disaster and suffering.
In this verse God points out that all of the disaster that was occurring was because of their conduct and actions. It would be bitter and pierce the heart. It pierced God’s heart because He loved the people and did not want to have to punish them, but His holiness and their conduct required it.
Those living in America have often believed that this country was blessed by God. Although there was always sin in the nation, it has not always been so open and accepted. In recent years, the problems of crime, violence, hatred, and uprisings has increased dramatically. Greater disasters arise on a regular basis.
All of these things may be forms of punishment that God is bringing upon the nation because of the actions of the people.
Not every person is guilty of wrong actions, but most are. How many people are truly living their lives for God? Are sold out to God? Are willing to give their lives to be a witness of the gospel message of Jesus to this world?
You may be one of those truly sold out to God. Take a look at your own life and see what your conduct and actions show.
How often are you telling someone about Jesus?
How often do you allow yourself to do something you know is sinful?
How often do you show God’s love over hatred for others?
These are just a few ways to see what your conduct is like. If you are not actively building God’s kingdom, your conduct will be bringing on disaster to this nation, or whatever nation you live in.
How is your conduct today?
I pray today that you will be actively building God’s kingdom; that your conduct will match that of Jesus; that your life will mirror the life of Jesus; and that you will not be guilty of wrong conduct.