Saturday, November 28, 2009

But There Shall Be None!

24 Therefore I will bring the worst of the Gentiles,
And they will possess their houses;
I will cause the pomp of the strong to cease,
And their holy places shall be defiled.
25 Destruction comes;
They will seek peace, but there shall be none.
26 Disaster will come upon disaster,
And rumor will be upon rumor.
Then they will seek a vision from a prophet;
But the law will perish from the priest,
And counsel from the elders.
(Ezekiel 7:24-26, New King James Version)

But There Shall Be None!

They will seek peace, but there shall be none.

We, as Christians, I fear have become incredibly apathetic in our relationship with Christ. We have the tendency to presume upon His love and goodwill toward all men. Walking through the Old Testament helps us to see and understand our God who is both a God of love and a God of justice. We like Him to be a God of love, but we would rather He be a God of justice to others, but not to us.

Does God have limits to his long suffering? Can we overstep his grace and mercy through our apathetic attitudes toward both our service to Him and our own sins?

Even though they were warned through the prophets that God would not tolerate their sin, the children of Israel certainly gave evidence of constantly provoking God through their sin and disobedience. Do you think they thought the time would ever come when God would forsake them? After all, they were His chosen people!

God is the author of peace, and as such, can certainly take that peace away. He desires a holy and dedicated life from His children, and will not tolerate their sin and indifference forever! When judgment comes, God often uses the enemies of God who do not even make a pretense of believing in Him, to discipline his wayward children.

Ezekiel 7 is a good reminder to us that the time can come when God will say of His own children, "Destruction comes; they will seek peace, but there shall be none."

Let us take some time today and ponder our relationship with Christ. What a precious Lord and Savior we have, and how precious is the peace He grants to His sheep even in times of trouble and great distress. May He never say of us, "They will seek peace, but there shall be none."

God Bless You,

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