Ezekiel 19

Passage Lookup

This parable mourns the ruin of the royal family of David, the desolation of people in Israel, and the chief city of Jerusalem. Two metaphors are used of Israel; one as a lioness and the other as a flourishing fruitful vine. The nation’s advancement to authority leads to hearts that are full of ambition and selfishness. They thought they didn’t need God and the result was a destructive cycle.

Hope was lost back then but today it’s different; there is hope because of the ONE true living Vine alluded to in this passage. There is rejoicing for all of God’s people throughout all generations because of our Vine, Jesus Christ.

Click on the piano piece above or this link: In The Garden: Norm Hastings, Piano. While listening, reflect on today’s reading. What lesson is God teaching? Think about what you may pray for today. Is there a plan of action God is giving you today?  No matter what happens in life, God loves you and that is all that matters.

Hope becomes strong when we find a role that fulfills God’s purpose. This day with God, the lesson for me is that we need to worship and honor God; never believing that we can make it on our own. He is the ONE that can help us plan our day so that things will fall into place for an amazing day.

Life is a series of experiences that should teach us to trust in God when facing difficult times. Each experience develops the character we need to lead as we walk a clearer path to the future. If we pursue Godly wisdom, we will be more likely to know whose side to be on and listen to the right people. We will follow the right leader because we will listen to those with wholesome values and morals. Like a magnet attracting iron, we will attract treasures for the soul because the elements of God’s principles are at work in us.

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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