Ezekiel 12:27 Not For A Long Time

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Son of man, the Israelites are saying, ‘The vision he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies about the distant future.’ Ezekiel 12:27 

Scientists are always talking about some major disaster that may occur upon the earth, however, most of the time it is about something that may occur in a thousand years or more away. Most people do not fear the disaster, because it will not be in their lifetime.

Most ignore warnings, because they have never happened before, so why now. They see warnings as something that may happen, but not for a long time.

The people of Israel had ignored the prophecies that Ezekiel was telling them. They felt that the disaster that he was making a prophecy about would not occur for a long time. The did not fear the judgement that God was about to bring upon them.

This type of belief is still around. Many people do not believe that Jesus is going to return any time soon, because He has not returned for nearly 2,000 years. Over that 2,000 years, people have been constantly told that Jesus is coming soon, so why now?

Having this type of view will cause people to stop living for God. They feel that they can choose to live for Him some other day, they have the time. Living for God is not an emergency, but can wait.

No one knows the exact day and time he will die. Immediately upon death the judgement of his soul is final. There are no more chances to change the heart and begin to live for God. Yet, many live as though they have all the time in the world.

God has been warning people of the soon return of Jesus and the end of all things. Believers must live like He could return today. People need to know that they do not have all the time in the world to get right before God.

Ask yourself how you are living for Go and when do you expect Jesus to return. Do not allow yourself to live in sin thinking that you can repent tomorrow. You may not have tomorrow.

The judgement of God is coming. The prophecies of Jesus will come true at a time when you may not expect it. You must be ready at all times, knowing that every prophecy will come true at the right time, and that is not in some distant future, but soon.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live your life for God; that you will believe God’s word about Jesus; that you will know the prophecies about the return of Jesus; and that you will be His witness in this world. 

Jeremiah 33:14 God’s Promises Will Be Fulfilled

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“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.” Jeremiah 33:14 

Everyday around the world, millions of promises are made by millions of people for millions of different reasons. A portion of those promises will be kept and fulfilled, while the majority will be ignored or forgotten.

Some promises are fulfilled very quickly, while some have to take time to be fulfilled. Since the majority of promises are never fulfilled, people tend to struggle with believing someone who makes a promise. They have a few people that they will trust, but there are many they refuse to trust because of a lack of failed promises.

While Israel and Judah were under captivity and destroyed as a nation, God had promised a restoration. At the time no one could see an end to the captivity, but God said there are days coming when those promises will be fulfilled. Years later, God did restore Israel and Judah.

Throughout the bible God has made many promises to those who believe in Him. The challenge for many people is that they are still waiting to see the promise fulfilled. Some will get discouraged and walk away from God, because He did not do as He said He would.

God has a perfect time for each of His promises to be fulfilled. Each one may be today or it maybe many years down the road. People are not patient as God is and want the promise now. Jesus promised He would return, and as of yet, nearly two thousand years later, He has not returned. Yet, the day will come when He will return.

Each believer has to be patient as he waits for God’s promise to be fulfilled. He needs to trust God’s promise and live by that promise.

You may be waiting for God to fulfill a promise to you. It could be one of many different promises that you can read in the bible. It can be discouraging to wait, but wait you must. God is faithful and will fulfill His promise.

Looking at history, you can see that God did restore Israel, though it took over 2,000 years to occur. God will fulfill every promise He has made to you.

All you need to do is believe Him and obey everything He has already told you to do. Live a life of obedience and trust and you will see God’s promise fulfilled.

I pray today that you will know God’s promises to you; that you will know God’s faithfulness to you; that you will trust God’s word to you; and that you will see God’s fulfillment of His words in your life. 

Psalm 71:14 Praise With Hope

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As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14 

Looking at the events going on in the world, many people do not have much hope for this world. Natural disasters are occurring at catastrophic levels in new places all over the world. Violent crimes are rising in many cities around the world. Poverty and homelessness is on a rise. Cost of living is rising faster than paychecks. Wars and threats of war are seen everywhere.

These things are on the grand scale of life. Then there are the things in a person’s life. Sickness, injury, marital failings, children failing, drugs, alcohol, and more destroying lives and removing hope.

The list of what is going wrong in this world always seems to be increasing, leaving very little room for hope. It looks like doomsday is approaching quickly for most people.

The author of this psalm states that he will always have hope and thus will praise God more and more.

Hope is the expectation of something better that is unseen. At this point, one cannot see an end to many of the problems in this world. People are constantly at war as to how to deal with many of the problems in this world.

If all one does is look at this world and man alone, then there is no hope. There is no way for mankind to make things better. He will fail.

However, God has not left man alone. He is there to provide the needed help. As the author of this psalm wrote, Jesus had not yet died on the cross, yet, he had hope in God to provide the needed salvation.

God will win the battle in the end. Sin and death will be defeated and wiped out when Jesus returns. This is a hope that every believer has.

Knowing this can cause a believer to praise God even more each day.

Take your eyes off of the problems that are going on in this world. Focus on what God has already done for you and will do for you in the future. He will always be there for you and will continue to do more and more each day.

God has promised to save you and give you eternal life. Hold onto that hope and give Him praise for it.

Let the world know the hope that they can have. Let the world see the hope that you have as you praise God despite the circumstances of this world.

I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know how God has helped you already; that you will know the salvation that is yours; and that you will praise God more and more each day.