As I continue to age and mature physically, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually, I find that the depth and breadth of the Word continues to emote awe. The book of Ezekiel, by the prophet Ezekiel who was exiled in Babylon around 600B.C. or so, centers upon the themes of Judgement and blessings for Israel. His words are quite relevant today:
Ezekiel 14:12-14 NIV
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its people and their animals, even if these three men—Noah, Daniel and Job —were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
The meaning might not be obvious at first, so let’s look a little deeper. The elders of Babylon had approached the prophet Ezekiel asking for his guidance, as they had fallen away from God. This is a central theme throughout human history as nations grow and fall, with a strong moral decline always preceding their eventual destruction.
Above Ezekiel is saying (as received by God) that even three of His most righteous men Noah, Daniel, and Job together, could not save the fallen nation. That is a massive statement. God chose Noah of all men to save before the flood. God saved Daniel from the mouths of lions and made him prime minister of six nations. God loved and trusted Job so much that he allowed him to be tested by satan, and paid him double for his suffering.
If those three men could not save Babylon in the eyes of God, what can save our country from it s dive into moral oblivion? The answer of course is Christ, as he already paid for our sins, but are you taking the steps necessary? Is your church not only saving you, but teaching you how to live a life for Christ? Your soul is you, and is beyond priceless. Please do not pay lip-service to God as he knows your hearts. Much of our generation are “practical atheists.” What does that mean?
It means that while they might say out loud that they are Christians, they do not live their lives for Christ, but instead themselves, or this world. Be sure that your pastors, your shepherds, are guiding you on the true path to salvation. It does not do well to dwell in mediocrity when you are preparing to defend your right to eternity. Christ is the answer to your salvation, please be sure that you taking all of the steps necessary for you and your loved ones to enter His kingdom!
If you want to be saved, open your heart to Jesus and pray the following:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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