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THEN THEY WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD

Ezekiel 35 and 36 are the finishing of a circle.  God does not like the Edomites for their treatment of God’s people and the way they disrespected Him.  Hence, Edomites where destroyed.  So Israel was being reestablished in the land that was promised. God reminds His people that their slavery, exile and persecution from human hands occurred because Israel had been disobedient to God and worshiped idols and many other despicable acts. Both the destruction and the reconstruction was ordained by the Lord.  So He allows Israel to rise, fall low and rise again, destroying and rebuilding nations to reiterate "Then they will know I am Lord."  I think we all have low places we've been or are in but I remember that the Lord is here to lift me up, support me and show me a fertile valley ... as long as I'm not putting idols between us.

 

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LIKE OUR GOD

Today’s One Year Bible reading in Ps. 115:4-8 reminds us that we become like our god. How sad it is to rely on a god that cannot speak, see, hear, smell, touch, walk—or care for us in any way. How much better to trust in the One True God who is loving and faithful, and who delivers, protects, and blesses those who trust in Him. He is the One who is worthy of our praise!

We may not bow down to, worship, or pray to an idol of wood or stone, trusting it to protect us and meet our needs. But are we trusting in something or someone other than God? Are we relying on our own resources—our bank account; our network of family, friends and colleagues; or our own knowledge and skills—to secure our lives and future? If God removed all those, what would we trust in?

Remembering God’s promise that “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you,” how much better to join with the writer of Hebrews in saying, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Heb. 13:5, 6)

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