Ezekiel 24

Passage Lookup

This day with God, we read the parable of Jerusalem being besieged. It teaches that the people should have listened to the warnings; they should have made the changes needed. The greatest concern is not keeping the rules but seeing the larger truths to which they point. Then one is in a place where they desire to follow the rules and heed the lessons of failure. Jerusalem didn’t see the larger truths and their miseries increased to the point where Jerusalem was being leveled to the ground.

Eventually wrongdoing is punished but in the meantime, it’s hard to accept when justice is not served and the innocent are harmed. Life doesn’t seem fair at times. People die at a young age because of the wrongs of someone else. Examples include people being killed by the negligence of a drunk driver or helpless children dying as brought out in the trial last June of Casey Anthony.

In a sermon once, my pastor Steve Ramsdell said that life is about choices and it’s up to us to take in what is good for our body and soul. Choose to be transformed, forgive instead of hold a grudge, hunger for God, seek freedom, and live a fulfilling life through Jesus. For sermons that inspire any time or any place, visit this link: FUMC Sermon Podcast.

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?

On this day filled with ones (11/11/11), add another by making God your number ONE. Be thankful that He is there for us in our sorrow and afflictions. Today, I’m praying for the right thoughts and a heart that is ready to follow and learn. There is always hope for a better day and no matter what happens in life, God loves us and that is all that matters.

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