Ezekiel 34:31 Belonging To God

Sheep and shepherd

You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezekiel 34:31 

Very few people like to be owned and controlled by someone else. They like their freedom. People like to be able to do what they want, when they want and how they want.

While everyone loves absolute freedom, everyone is also partially under control of someone else. Most people have a job and are controlled in what they can and cannot do while at work by their employer. Every nation has rules that govern what things can and cannot be done. So no one is truly one hundred percent free all the time.

God tells the people of Israel that they are His sheep and that He is their God. This is despite the fact that they have fallen away from Him. He will draw them back.

Every person is free in themselves, but at the same time, every person has to answer to God. The one who has chosen to follow Christ has chosen to give up his own personal rights and obey God completely. He is now a sheep of God’s pasture.

The sheep does not get to choose what he does or where he goes. The shepherd guides the sheep into what is best for the sheep. Left on its own, the sheep will get itself hurt and in trouble.

In the same way, the believer, left on his own will fail and be destroyed. Following God’s commands and word will bring life. The believer must allow God to be his shepherd, His Lord and God, the one who controls everything.

As one allows God complete control of his life, he will have everything that is needed at the time it is needed. Just as a shepherd provides all that is needed, God will also provide all that is needed.

You have a choice as you walk on this earth as to who will be your leader and guide. You can try to lead yourself, in your limited knowledge and wisdom and sight. Or you can allow someone else to lead you.

In allowing others to lead, you also have a choice. You can allow those with the same limited knowledge and wisdom to lead you, those in this world. Or you can allow God to lead you.

Allow God, in His infinite wisdom and love, to be your God and to lead you to a full life that will extend into eternity. Let God be your God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to lead your whole life; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that God, alone, will be your God. 

Ezekiel 23:37 Adultery And Sacrifice

Green plan in field

for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food for them. Ezekiel 23:37 

Everyday people all over the world are seeking ways to make their own lives better. They want to be happier and have more things and a better life. In order to make this happen, they are often willing to do just about anything and everything.

In the process of seeking happiness, people will bow down to many different idols and are willing to sacrifice just about anything it takes. It is all about pleasing self.

God speaks to Ezekiel and gives a picture of what Israel had been doing. They are described as two sisters who were to be married to God, but had prostituted themselves to idols and sacrificed children to those idols.

In many parts of the world, most people would say that they refuse to worship idols or make human sacrifices. However, the reality is that many people bow down to worship their jobs, positions, titles, money, and things. As they bow down to worship these things, giving their lives to these things, they also begin to be willing to sacrifice whatever is necessary to get them.

Abortion is the modern way of saying that one is sacrificing to an idol. Worshipping the idol of self, money, job, or nearly anything else, people are willing to sacrifice a baby by abortion and think nothing of it.

While most in the church do not agree with abortion, there are many who do allow themselves to bow to other idols and sacrifices outside of God. They sacrifice time with their children to raise them in a God-fearing way of living. Do not sacrifice what is not yours to sacrifice.

Believers are to sacrifice their own lives to God and to God alone. God is the only one that anyone should be worshipping and sacrificing to.

Examine your life and determine who are you really worshipping and married too. What you give your life’s energy and focus to is what you worship.

Be willing to lay down your life for God and die daily to yourself. God will give you His life that will last for eternity. Sacrifice your life on the altar before God and allow Him to raise you up to eternal life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will dedicate your life to worshipping and serving God; that you will only sacrifice to God; that you will serve God alone; and that you will not commit spiritual adultery against God. 

Lamentations 5:19 God Reigns Anyways

Rainbow over field

You, Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation. Lamentations 5:19 

Leaders come and go throughout the history of every nation upon this earth. Some are great leaders, others are horrible leaders. Some last a long time in leadership, while others are leaders for a very short time.

The reign of power for each leader is different. Some have absolute power over their group of people, while others are given limited powers.

The one common factor of all the leaders that have ever been upon this earth is that none of them have lasted forever. Every one is either removed or dies. Their reign of power comes to an end.

Jeremiah ends his lamentations over the destruction of Israel with claiming that God reigns forever. Even as Israel is in captivity and under destruction Jeremiah recognizes that God does actually reign over all the earth and is in control.

During times that there is a harsh or bad leader, one often begins to wonder when his leadership will come to an end. Some believers sometimes begin to question God’s reign over the world and His choice for allowing a bad leader to get into position.

Everything that occurs upon this earth happens under God’s allowance. God raises up and destroys leaders. In in power and authority, God uses every situation for His purpose in the lives of those who love and follow Him. God uses bad leaders to sometimes crush a group of people, other times to wake His people up and move them around.

Believers must always remember and know that God is the reigning authority over all the earth. No one or anything can do anything without His permission. This is why the believer must put total trust in God and in God alone, allowing Him to reign in his personal life and world.

As you look at the chaos in this world and the troubles that is occurring, you may wonder about God’s sovereign reign upon this earth. You may wonder why things are allowed or not dealt with by God.

Never forget that God’s ways are above your ways and He uses every leader. God is still in absolute control of what looks like utter chaos upon this earth. In times of turmoil and trouble, God is still in control, reigning with full authority from His throne.

Allow God to reign in your own life and give Him praise that He does actually reign with full authority and power.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to reign in your life; that you will not fear leaders on this earth; that you will trust God’s leading in your life and this world; and that you will give God praise for His authority.